Science Goes To The Movies Accelerates Its Particles

The Flash was the starting point for the latest episode of Science Goes to the MoviesThe guest is David Kaplan, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University.  He was also a producer of Particle Fever, a documentary on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the search for the Higgs Boson.

As the reason the title character of The Flash can run so fast depends on a particle accelerator, it’s a tossup as to which of Kaplan’s qualifications matter most in this episode.  The episode takes some time exploring whether or not running really fast could help you travel in time and the intricacies of the multiverse.

After discussing the physics (and metaphysics) of The Flash, the conversation shifts easily to the LHC and the events covered in Particle Fever.  In case your minds aren’t sufficiently blown by the multiverse, Kaplan discusses supersymmetry and then he and co-host Faith Salie try and figure out if the Millennium Falcon really could have completed the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs (not kidding).

There’s one more episode remaining in season 2, focused on disaster films.  Science Guy Bill Nye is the guest.  No official word is out on a season 3, but I think it will happen.