August 04, 2004

A Geek Appalled

I watched Spiderman 2 tonight, and I am appalled.
About half way through the film, Peter Parker is sitting in a large university classroom, apparently in a theoretical physics class. His professor asks the class, "So what is the Eigen value?" Nobody seems to know, and the professor practically pleads for anybody to answer. Peter slips up his hand. "0.26 electron volts," he answers. The professor was pleased. I was horrified.
Anyone who knows anything about solving systems of differential equations will tell you that Eigen values are never the solution to a problem, only one step. Moreover, they do not have units. Thus, Parker's answer can not possibly be correct. It is all a horrible movie flub. Quite frankly, it blew any plausibility the movie had built up.

Posted by Moore at August 4, 2004 12:14 AM