Science Fiction Inspires Science IRL

News of scientist Giovanni Aldini’s electric reanimation experiments on corpses in 1803 reached author Mary Shelley before the publication of her  iconic science fiction book Frankenstein. It was an instance of science informing fiction. In turn, Shelley’s masterpiece would eventually inspire scientist Earl Bakken  in the 20th century to develop the first wearable, battery-operated pacemaker. This is only one example of science fiction inspiring scientific advancement. From Jules Verne’s predictions of moon travel to Star TrekMinority Report, Star Wars, and so many others forecasting video chat technology, the symbiotic relationship has informed design, technical capabilities and beyond. The video below from National Geographic details the surprising interaction of fiction and science.


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