Have you ever wondered what is behind that neatly arranged bookshelf of yours?
Have you ever wondered what it is to perceive more than the three-dimensions that you already do?Did you know about wormholes which are infact interstellar highways? Go see Interstellar to have these and many more of such questions answered. But please don’t get us wrong. This is not just a movie for the ‘nerds’. Whether you understand half of the stuff they say or do in the movie or not, you’ll find yourself blown away by the end of those 165 minutes. There was a general talk going around that the movie was full of scientific nonsense (stuff that movie buffs couldn’t fathom) and that it was hard to follow. To us the only major problem was McConaughy’s Texan accent, which both his children in the movie surprisingly seemed not to inherit! And luckily we had subtitles!
For those of you who haven’t seen Interstellar yet, what we have to tell you, apart from “PLEASE GO WATCH!” is that though this may not qualify as the best Nolan movie, it is by far one of the best space movies EVER. One may be tempted to compare it with 2001: A Space Odyssey but please don’t (due to obvious reasons you will see once you watch the movie).
To sum up the story – The Earth’s resources are running out. The crops are dying out one by one. Seeing the imminent danger, the US government (it has to be them, right?) instructs NASA or whatever is left of it, to search for other planets which can sustain life by making use of a recently discovered worm hole (More details coming up). And the former NASA pilot/scientist turned farmer protagonist who is played by Mathew McConaughey, has to pilot the ‘Endurance‘ on this interstellar trip. There’s a catch. Time will move faster for the people on earth. So every minute the astronauts spend out there is gonna cost us dearly. So its literally a race against time to find a habitable planet. All through the journey they encounter astronomic phenomena like worm holes, black holes and time-dilation (More on these ‘scientific stuff’ coming up).
The result of this journey is something that surely transcends both time and space (if you know what I mean..).
So it is that simple. Will they succeed or not, before mankind perishes? So far, we are sure there are no major technical jargon that the average movie goer cannot understand. However, if at all you need some extra help, here are some things that might help you in understanding this movie better.
Interstellar Explained For Nerds and Dummies
For those of you who have seen Interstellar, LET’S DISCUSS!
A viewer with a background of science, no wait, science ‘fiction’ will be able to appreciate the effort and commitment that went into the making of this movie. Running for more than 2.5 hrs, the movie takes us to the farthest corners of not our galaxy, but another one. It was reported that two papers have been published related to the movie, and that the visual effects were generated via complex programming the input of which was actual data gathered from years of observing and studying black holes and other phenomena. So whatever you saw is pretty much how those things are gonna look like for real.
The Worm Hole that they traveled through was actually a sphere which pretty much redefines the average science nerd’s notion of it being a two-dimensional circle. We all saw how Romily, explained travel via a worm hole. The simple demonstration by bending the sheet of paper is as real as it gets theoretically. The bending of space, thus reducing the distance is the basic principle behind a worm hole.
When Cooper and Brand return back to The Endurance after visiting Millers planet, they encounter an aged Romily (23 years, 4 months and 8 days to be precise). So in effect, the while they were surfing around, Romily (David Gyasi) was living off the best years of his life waiting for them to return. In simple words the possible 3 hours they spent there turned out to be two decades for Romily. This is time dilation due to the difference in gravity. Another important point is what Brand (Anne Hathaway) tells us. She says that due to the huge time dilation even though Miller arrived on the planet around 20 earth years ago,she must have died only a few minutes before their arrival. probably by the previous tidal wave.
En-route to Mann’s planet, they make use of the gravitational force on the outer edges of the black hole to provide a catapult effect to launch themselves towards Mann and save fuel. If they lost 23 years on Millers planet with 130% of Earth’s gravity, then here with such immense gravitational force, they lose around 50 earth years.
Inside the black holeThe three dimensional structure ‘they ‘ built within their 5 dimensional perception was actually the best interpretation one could give for time as a dimension. Here time is something very much like length, breadth or height. The only force that Cooper can transfer across to the ‘dimension of time’ is gravity. The picturisation of space time fabric is simply awesome.
Having said so much these are few things we ourselves couldn’t swallow :
Coding data on the WatchEven with all the new knowledge that we have now, it is difficult to digest how Cooper fed data into the watch he gave to Murphy which was nothing but a mechanical device.
LoveLove is given as the answer to various questions which would’ve otherwise created confusion. For instance, how does Murphy know that it’s Cooper on the other side?
Who put the wormhole there?Yes, we know that ‘they’ put it there. But for this to be possible, ‘they’ who are fifth dimensional human beings should have some how got to the place cooper reached finally. But no logical explanation is given to the question of how ‘they did it in the first place.Because if they figured it out on their own to escape earth, then we who are them could also do it on our own…Yeah I know it’s confusing but do give it a thought
So, it is almost impossible that they would go wrong or present out right blunders in such a big project. Well ‘almost’! Here’s to hoping that we would answer these questions in the days to come. Cheers!!