Meet the MIT Scientist Who Advised on the New Ghostbusters Movie
When you need help developing the gizmos and gadgets for your upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, who you gonna call? It turns out, the answer is MIT’s Laboratory for Nuclear Science. While the proton packs and other paranormal equipment in Paul Feig’s upcoming Ghostbusters (2016) film belong to the realm of science fiction, they were dreamed up behind the scenes by a real team of scientists, led by particle physicist James Maxwell, who is a senior post doctoral associate at MIT.
In a recent Ghostbusters featurette released in advance of the film, Maxwell explains how he helped develop the reboot's redesigned proton packs. Not only are the proton packs based on real science—with a few science fiction elements, of course—but, according to Maxwell, the scientific writings and formulae that appear throughout the film were composed by his peers at MIT. Check out Maxwell’s fascinating interview, and learn about the science of Ghostbusting, above.
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