Film Reviews in Nature Physics?

What in the world is a review for Star Trek doing in Nature Physics? (Thank to reader W for pointing this out.) I mean, at least the review of Angels and Demons has references to physics, but the review of Star Trek, is, well, just a review of Star Trek with no reference physics or science or, well, anything that I could see the audience of Nature Physics relating to.

I’m not saying I don’t appreciate the review, or the book/art section of Nature Physics, but doesn’t this seem a bit out of place. It is too bad, indeed, because the movie does contain time travel, and as Cosmic Sean demonstrated their is ample fodder for a review of Star Trek that at least pulls in some fun physics.

In a related note, Nature physics now requires a statement of author’s contributions. (“Dave Bacon’s contribution was to sit around and crack jokes all day while we worked hard and tried not to get distracted.”)

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7 Responses to Film Reviews in Nature Physics?

  1. Dave Bacon says:

    Heh, yeah same old distracting Dave. My grad students make jokes like “gee we made it twenty minutes without getting sidetracked by something.”

  2. tim says:

    Gee, has nothing has changed Dave? Still cracking jokes while we work hard and try not to get distracted… 🙂

  3. I like the idea of science journals reviews sci-fi, especially when there are real scientific ideas expressed. unfortunately the recent star trek movie had very little science in it.

  4. Jorge Pullin says:

    Probably just trying to raise their impact factor, as usual…

  5. Jon says:

    like Science last week (or two weeks ago, damn university mail gets me Science >1 week late) covering bioethics through cinema. really? Gataca was a morality play? C’mon.

    There really isn’t anything new or valuable to report? At least Nature Physics covered a recent movie.

  6. Belizean says:

    I thought that ST did have some (bad) science in it. For example, the movie leads one to believe that it’s necessary to first drill a deep hole in a planet to get a black hole to descend to the planet’s core.

  7. I was working on my Star Trek review from Transactions of the American Mathematical Society. Where DID Scotty’s equation come from? A closed timelike curve…

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