While it could be said that the "science" of Star Trek
has been dissected more than any other sci-fi franchise, some would argue it is Star Wars
that has inspired the most science-related career paths among viewers. Wookie-speak may not have its own dictionary (only a few entries in the Star Wars Galactic Phrase Book
), but just as Laurence Krauss gave us The Physics of Star Trek
, astrophysicist Jeanne Cavelos has written The Science of Star Wars
. The Discovery Science Center presents "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination", which explores the science behind the films' fantasy tech as well as the research behind it. Hands-on exhibits are organized around the themes of transportation and robotics. Visitors can view more than 80 props, models and costumes, design bots and spaceports, steer a hovercraft and, for an extra $5, experience "a virtual jump to light-speed in a full-size replica of Star Wars Episode IV
's Millennium Falcon ... in a breathtaking ride to the edge of the universe." Discovery Science Center, 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana; daily thru April 15; adults $14.95, seniors and children 14 and under $12.95, plus Star Wars exhibit entry $10. (714) 542-2823, discoverycube.org.
Nov. 18-April 15, 2011