Neil deGrasse Tyson Has a Bone to Pick With ‘Gravity’


Neil deGrasse Tyson is not impressed. (Photo credit:

Famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson launched a series of tweets last night picking at the scientific inaccuracies of Alfonso Cuarón’s new movie Gravity.

He proposed such names changes as “Zero Gravity” and “Angular Momentum,” questions why a medical doctor would be working on the Hubble Space Telescope, and asks why anyone would be impressed with a zero-G movie 45 years after “2001: A Space Odyssey” was made.

All this comes before deGrasse Tyson ties a little bow on his rant by saying, “I enjoyed Gravity very much.” While he is an expert in astrophysics and probably watched the movie with a more critical eye than the typical viewer, this still sounds like mixed messages.

Often when watching films, things need to be taken with a grain of salt. In an interview with the Atlantic, Dr. Kevin Grazier, Gravity’s science advisor and astrophysicist, said that perfect dedication to science could cause a story to fall apart, and the semblance of reality is more important than reality itself. “So story trumps science every time,” he said.

-Will Dietrich-Egensteiner


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