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

LA Weekly