Kevin Grazier on Orbital Dynamics in Foundation

Psycho-history isn’t real, but the math in Apple TV’s Foundation is!

Carry the Two
Carry the Two
Kevin Grazier on Orbital Dynamics in Foundation

Show Notes

If you’ve seen the first season of Apple TV’s Foundation, you probably noticed how heavily the show relies on ideas based in mathematics and statistics. However, while the idea of a field of research called psycho-history seems far-fetched, some of the show's scenes are much closer to reality than you might realize.

In this episode, we hear from planetary physicist and television science advisor Kevin Grazier about how researchers can help advise TV projects and what that actually looks like.

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This episode was audio engineered by Tyler Damme. 

Music by Blue Dot Sessions.

The Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation (IMSI) is funded by NSF grant DMS-1929348.