For movie-lovers everywhere, it provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how art and science meet in producing motion pictures we find delightful.—Science—
For that strange corner where science nut meets movie buff, this is a very enlightening book.
From ‘prophetic’ early films like 1929’s Woman in the Moon science-focused movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey to admitted fiascos like The Core, Kirby’s command of the subject makes for entertaining reading and, likely, more informed viewing.
[O]ne of the most in-depth books on the intersection of science and Hollywood to date.
Kirby’s book is honest and true, well-researched, unique, and easy to read.
, The Journal of Mind and Behavior
This is a must-read for anyone interested in popular representations of science. Kirby describes the ways that visual media interpret, naturalize, and engage with scientific theories (be they well-accepted, controversial, or fantastical), and how some scientists in turn manipulate cinematic depictions for their own ends. Plus, have I mentioned how much fun it is?
, New Books in Science, Technology, and Society