Is There Science in Science Fiction?


Four Sessions: Mondays, September 9, 16, 23, 30; 1:30-3:30 PM

Location: Drake Municipal Observatory, 4898 Observatory Rd, Des Moines

Drive past the tennis courts, through the open gate.

Cost: $48

Class Limit: 50


Space-related motion pictures and television programs look so real it is difficult to pick out what is fact and what is fiction. (A survey taken in 1990 by the instructor found that more than one-half of the students in an adult astronomy class believed that Warp Drive was real.) In four sessions, we will explore the most prolific programs and present what is and what might someday be real. We will be looking at both technology and nature and, as always, the truth is far stranger than fiction!


Instructor Herb Schwartz is an adjunct instructor at Drake University. He has degrees from both Hofstra and Drake Universities. He has lectured regularly at the Observatory for many years.




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