dr Mohamed Noor and the real science behind Star Trek

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Creating a TV show or film based on science must be difficult, especially in the modern era of special effects. Shows like The Boys, The Book of Boba Fett, and everything from Marvel and DC ignore the laws of physics to entertain. This is just one of the ways “star trek” is different. The Star Trek Book for Writers and Directors (also known as the Bible of the series) detailed that Trek would be about “science fiction,” and there were strict parameters for making that happen.

While Roddenberry wanted the shows to stay within the confines of sci-fi, he also didn’t want the characters to get too bogged down in future language.

“The less you use, the better,” Roddenberry wrote for the Season 3 Bible. “We limit complex terminology as much as possible, using it only where necessary to maintain the show’s flavor and promote credibility.”

This balance of credible science and language that viewers at home can understand is something that Star Trek writers still face. In the 1960s and 1980s, scientists like Isaac Asimov and other big names gave Roddenberry notes and clues about things like the “edge of the galaxy.” Today, Trek relies on the knowledge of dr Erin MacDonaldwho writers turn to for advice on astrophysics and aerospace.

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When the script calls for a better understanding of biology and possible extraterrestrial life, the Star Trek writers turn to Dr. Mohammed Noor. His main job is that Acting Dean of Trinity College at Duke University, but in his spare time he is a consultant to Trek. Because of this, Noor has become a celebrity himself.

Noor has appeared on podcasts, livestreams, and conventions, and is a frequent presenter on science and his work for Trek. This is how Heavy was able to catch up with Noor on June 4, 2022 while he was giving a lecture Awesome Con 2022 in Washington, D.C

“I’m someone who [is called if] They need some expertise in biology,” Noor said. “They consult occasionally and then only have a short-term contract to help with a specific project.”

Noor said he got into his role on Star Trek thanks to his friendship with the actress Jayne Bachwho played Admiral Katrina Cornwell on “discovery”. Brook, a Duke grad, was speaking in one of Noor’s classes, and she began asking him questions.

“I gave her a copy of my book, which ‘Live long and develop‘That has a lot of science and structure and especially biology in ‘Star Trek,'” Noor said. “She asked me, ‘Have you ever taken advice?’ I said, ‘No, I would like to!’ “She put me in touch with the writers. One of the writers came to me with the showrunner and that’s how we started.”

Noor said fans may recognize a project he was working on for Discovery season 3 – The Burn. Fans may recall that the fire was a reaction that caused the destruction of dilithium crystals across much of the galaxy. The lack of crystals caused communication and transport between worlds to slow down. Eventually, it was determined that the origin of the fire was a young Kelpian who cried out in terror, setting off a chain reaction in the crystals. For this project, Noor worked with Macdonald.

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“The question they asked us was give us a foundation [for the Burn] that doesn’t sound crazy,” Noor said. “But it was already sketched, so those parts had to be there. Since it’s a biology piece and a physics piece, we’re collaborating to talk about what this might actually do, adding e.g. B. Pieces of dialogue and context pieces. We actually wrote an article in StarTrek.com that then worked it out in a bit more detail.”

Noor said another issue he solved for Discovery writers was for Season 4. This was when Captain Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the rest of the Discovery crew needed to communicate with an alien species that didn’t use words. Species 10-C, as they were called, used pheromones and emotions, which was a first for Star Trek.

“They wanted to have a really alien species, not something with just a prosthetic forehead,” Noor said. “They want communication to be really different, where it’s not just a Universal Translator thing.”

“This idea of ​​chemical communication is something that hasn’t really come up,” Noor said. “I pitched the idea of ​​using hydrocarbons for it and worked with some VFX (visual effects) people on what that would actually look like.”

When the show aired, some fans compared the 10-C to the extraterrestrial life featured on the series 2016 film “Arrival.Noor said there were just a few similarities.

The fire

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“I suppose they compete in the sense that they were big and there was difficulty communicating,” Noor said. “But that was kind of the end – right? The details were very different.”

Noor is excited to continue working with the creators of Star Trek and said he’s living his dream. Turns out Noor is a big Trekkie who’s been watching since the 1970s.

“I mean, it’s so much fun working with the writers, showrunners and VFX guys,” Noor said. “They are so excited about science every time we talk. And it’s always humiliating for me because they’re like, ‘Wow, your job is so cool.’ They literally write ‘Star Trek’ and you say my job is cool?”

“They have such an appreciation for science, they’re so passionate about it, and they really want to see it done right,” Noor said. “I love that aspect of it.”

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