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The Science of Cinema and the Cinema of Science – A presentation and discussion with Argonne National Laboratory

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If the interdependence of science and the humanities were more generally understood, men would be more likely to become masters of their technology and not its unthinking servants.” –1964 Report of the Commission on the Humanities, which formed the National Endowment for the Humanities

The humanities can provide a useful way to connect the complex world of science with the lived human experience.

What role do scientific institutions play in our everyday lives? How can scientific and technological developments be better understood by the general public?

One approach is by exploring the science of filmmaking.

In addition to a good script, talented director and magnificent actors, making a movie requires engineering and scientific methods in support of cinematography, sound and editing. In turn, a number of techniques initially developed for movie production are now being used in scientific research.

To facilitate meaningful connections between science and the humanities, and in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, this presentation by Dr. Marius Stan will explore the interplay between cinema and science, with video clips from popular movies and computer simulations as illustrations.

Dr. Marius Stan is a Senior Scientist with the Nuclear Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory, a Senior Fellow with the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago, and a senior fellow with the Institute for Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. He is also an actor and writer. Most recently he played Bogdan, the car wash owner, in the TV series “Breaking Bad.”

Join us for this event is free! This event is open to the public, however, reservations are required.
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This event is presented as part of The Collaborative City, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and Argonne National Laboratory.

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