Science Busters: Winter Is Coming – The Science of Game of Thrones

Science Busters is a comedy edutainment concept that takes scientists, puts them on stage and lets them talk about a popculture topic from a scientific point of view. They have different programs. So far I saw “The Physics of Star Trek”, “The Pleasure Formula“ and “Crucifixion Party – The Science of Christianity“. This time I saw “Winter Is Coming – The Science of Game of Thrones“.

The program is moderated by Austrian comedian Martin Puntigam, the scientists in this case are Elisabeth Oberzaucher (behavioral biology), Martin Moder (molecular biology) and Florian Freistetter (astronomy).

Science Busters is an entertaining format that nicely connects popular culture with (natural) sciences. The topics they chose for this Game of Thrones night were a little arbitrary, but the evening was absolutely fun.

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Science Busters

Science Busters [German] is a production by Austrian comedian Martin Puntigam [German] and his two guests of honour, Heinz Oberhummer and Werner Gruber [German].
[Here are my reviews of “The Physics of Star Trek” and “The Pleasure Formula“.*]

Plot:
Heinz Oberhummer is a theoretical physicist (astrophysics) and Werner Gruber is an experimental phyisicist (neurophysics). With Martin Puntigam as the host, they discuss various topics. This time round the topic was “Crucifixion Party – The Science of Christianity”. How could I have resisted such a title – and that shortly before Easter? Exactly, it’s impossible.
They answered such eternal questions as how to crucify someone directly, how unerring and exact exorcism-vomiting can get – and how far, how to walk over water, or where to place a site of Marian pilgrimage – in space.

Even though some of the jokes are the same every time, I just love this concept. The three of them work very well together, you can see that they have fun and that they are passionate about what they’re talking about. [I’m especially an Oberhummer fan – he’s so perfectly enthusiastic, I could listen to him rant all day.]

*They mentioned that they have 30 different programs by now. Maybe I’ll see them all at some point. :)

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Science Busters

Science Busters [German] is a production by Austrian comedian Martin Puntigam [German] and his two guests of honour, Heinz Oberhummer and Werner Gruber [German].

Plot:
Heinz Oberhummer is a theoretical physicist (astrophysics) and Werner Gruber is an experimental phyisicist (neurophysics). With Martin Puntigam as the host, they discuss various topics. In May, I already saw the Science Busters once with their “The Physics of Star Trek” program. At the end of that, my parents decided to invite friends to the “The Pleasure Formula – Culinary Physics (with live pig roast)” program. Unfortunately, those friends couldn’t go, so who’s the great winner? That’s right, me and my sister!
Anyway, The Pleasure Formula concentrates on Physics with food (like what’s the difference between Himalaya salt and normal salt and is it really worth to pay the price? Short answer: no), while Werner Gruber makes a traditional Austrian pig roast on stage, explaining why his method is the best through physics. And it’s funny.

I have to admit that I liked the Star Trek program a little better than this one, but this one was good, too. And I think that I’ll have to roast a pig soon.

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Science Busters

Science Busters [German] is a production by Austrian comedian Martin Puntigam [German] and his two guests of honour, Heinz Oberhummer and Werner Gruber [German].

Plot:
Heinz Oberhummer is a theoretical physicist (astrophysics) and Werner Gruber is an experimental phyisicist (neurophysics). With Martin Puntigam as the host, they discuss various topics. I saw “The Physics of Star Trek” where things like Warp Drive, wormholes and telepathy are discussed with a good dose of humour and even better dose of actual science!!!111!!!eleventy!! There are even experiments.

Whether you’re interested in physics or not, Science Busters is great entertainment. Puntigam is weird (and self-deprecating) enough to match the science and Oberhummer and Gruber are awesome. I can recommend it to anyone.

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