King Khan in a physics classroom

Subha Das Mollick
Popular films can be used by teachers to explain physics concepts. However, teachers would need to identify portions that can elevate the classroom experience of the students. Chosen clips from the films should bring the ideas under discussion into sharp focus. This article explains how a clip from the popular film, Swades, can be used to teach the concept of energy.

Interstellar theories

Subha Das Mollick “Every great theory begins as a heresy and ends as a prejudice.” Albert Einstein had once said, “Common sense is that layer of prejudices laid down in the mind prior to the age of eighteen.” Christopher Nolan’s Read More …

Of balance, leaps, jumps and turns

Ananda Shankar Jayant ‘Remember your basic physics class, and now find your centre of gravity’, I tell my young dance students. ‘Strengthen your spine and find the inherent balance of your body. To leap and jump in the air and Read More …

In the realm of Hollywood

PK Thiruvikraman Teachers usually despair that their students are more interested in watching a movie than sitting in a classroom; they find a novel more exciting than a textbook. As teachers, we feel that we are fighting a losing battle Read More …

The theory of everything

Sayantan Mukherjee The Theory of Everything is the exceptional story of the renowned astrophysicist and a living legend, Stephen Hawking who falls in love with fellow Cambridge student, Jane Wilde. The film is based on the non-fiction book Travelling to Read More …