Opinion: Mainstreaming science in the movies

Still from "The Imitation Game"

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game.”

Science, math and technology have had a good ride in Hollywood lately — from science-fiction films such as Interstellar to dramatic biopics like The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game.

In a blog post on berkeleyByte, Alison Ong — a UC Berkeley energy-engineering student who grew up on Star Trek — looks at how science, technology and math are becoming more mainstream at the movies, and notes the tension between scientific accuracy and good storytelling.

“If Sandra Bullock delivers a compelling performance in Gravity,’ she writes, “is anyone besides Neil deGrasse Tyson really going to care that her hair isn’t floating in zero-gravity scenes?”

Read her full post here.