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Kip Thorne, co-writer of Nolan's Interstellar, awarded Nobel Prize for Physics

Oscar Awards snubbed science epic Interstellar and its co-writer Thorne. Nobel committee knows better than that.

By Ipsita Sarkar | Updated: Oct 04, 2017, 08:35 AM IST
Kip Thorne, co-writer of Nolan's Interstellar, awarded Nobel Prize for Physics

New Delhi: What has one of this year's Nobel Prize winning physicist to do with making a Hollywood film a blockbuster? A lot, if you ask.

While Oscars gave a royal snub to the writers and creators of Interstellar, Nobel Prize committee know better than.

Before this Tuesday, Kip S Thorne, the 77-year-old American theoretical physicist whose work on gravitational waves, won him the top prize with two others, was known across the world for helping Christopher Nolan write his 2014 film Interstellar.

The epic science film, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain, followed the journey of a group of scientists, who travel through a wormhole in the outerspace, looking for a new home for mankind.

The film was praised for getting its physics right and all the credit went to Thorne -- the slowing down of time, the spaceship speeding by black hole, the singularity experience and time as another dimension.

Thorne also published a non-fiction book - The Science of Interstellar - a follow-up text for Interstellar movie.

On Tuesday, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 jointly to Rainer Weiss, Barry C Barish and Thorne “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”. 

LIGO or the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory captured universe’s gravitational waves on September 14 in 2015.