Neil deGrasse Tyson, Death by Black Hole, and Other Cosmic Quandaries (Norton, 2014)
Tyson looked at a list of scientific concepts -- time travel, surface tension in liquids, asteroids, mathematical calculation, thermodynamics, conservation of energy, the laws of motion -- represented in American popular culture, as found in our movies and commercials. News organizations have often singled out his criticism of the science films get wrong, but he was surprisingly enthusiastic about some movies. At one end was Armageddon, which gets the most scientific facts wrong of any movie, by consensus of Tyson and his colleagues. Some movies have only a whopper or two, like the statement of the Drake Equation by Jodie Foster's character in Contact -- Tyson did the calculation that is implied by Foster's line, which would add up to 0.0000004 possible planets with intelligent life. Tyson's attempt to calculate the weight of Thor's hammer in the Marvel Comics movies was also a stitch. Even though Tyson loves The Matrix, admiring its correct depiction of optics, he admitted that the idea that machines could somehow harvest enough energy from humans, which they also had to feed and maintain, was ludicrous. Even Interstellar, which was so bad I did not write a review of it, according to Tyson has "tons of accurate science in it." Based on Tyson's positive assessment, Master Ionarts and I now have plans to see The Martian.