Students test the science of Breaking Bad, Snatch and the Winter Olympics

Posted by ap507 at May 02, 2014 12:10 PM |
Interdisciplinary science students apply scientific principles to pop culture scenarios for special topics module
Students test the science of Breaking Bad, Snatch and the Winter Olympics

Source: Wikipedia; Walter White, the lead character in Breaking Bad, played by actor Bryan Cranston

How would athletes fare if the Winter Olympics were held on Saturn’s moon Enceladus?

How realistic was the grizzly downfall of one of Walter White’s most bitter rivals in Breaking Bad?

And just how forceful was Brad Pitt’s character One-Punch Mickey in the film Snatch?

These are just some of the subjects tackled in a series of interdisciplinary science papers by University of Leicester students as well as students at McMaster University, Canada.

The students applied sophisticated scientific principles to a colourful range of scenarios drawing from pop culture, day-to-day life and science fiction for this year’s Journal of Interdisciplinary Science Topics.

The journal aims to show the students the nuts and bolts of scientific paper writing, peer review and publishing – so while the findings may be fun, the science must be accurate.

Crucially, it helps to teach the students how to work as professional scientists.

You can read all of this year’s papers here.

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