Is There Science in Science Fiction?


Four Sessions: Tuesdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23; 10 AM-Noon

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

Cost: $48

Class Limit: 60


Space-related motion pictures and television programs look so real that it is difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. A survey taken in 1990 by the instructor found that more than half the class in an adult astronomy class believed that a warp drive was real. In four sessions we will examine popular science fiction and identify what is real and what can someday be real in both technology and nature. As always, the truth may be far stranger than fiction.


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



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