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Earth and Planetary Science 24, Section 3
Geoscience in the Movies (1 unit, P/NP)
Professor Michael Manga
Wednesday 1:00-3:30, 401 McCone Hall, Class number: 66863

Movies can be an effective way to spread information about science and its relevance to society. Science in movies, however, is often wrong and misleading. In this seminar we will watch and critique a set of modern popular movies that address topics in geoscience, environmental science, and planetary science. Is the science right? Does it matter? Was the movie effective? Movies to be discussed and reviewed cover topics in planetary science that range from the core to the search for life beyond our solar system.

Michael Manga is a Professor of Earth and Planetary Science. His areas of expertise include planetary science, fluid mechanics, hydrology, geodynamics, and physical volcanology.

Faculty web site: http://seismo.berkeley.edu/~manga/rsch.html

"Content of movies allowed for a wide range of discussion topics. Professor also furthered conversations and allowed us to think about things in a new way. He was very respectful to everyone's opinions." - student in fall 2009 seminar

"Professor Manga is very knowledgeable of the material we covered. He is very organized, prepared, and a good instructor." - student in fall 2009 seminar
Freshman and Sophomore Seminars are co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Division
of the College of Letters & Science and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
For further information about the program,
contact Alix Schwartz (alix@berkeley.edu / 642-8378).

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