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1. Carl Sagan , Contact ( Simon and Schuster, New York, 1985).
2.Contact, The Movie, directed by Robert Zemeckis (© Warner Bros., 1997).
3. Michael S. Morris and Kip S. Thorne , “ Wormholes in spacetime and their use for interstellar travel: A tool for teaching general relativity,” Am. J. Phys. 56, 395–412 (1988).
4.Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan, screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan (© Warner Bros, 2014).
5. Kip Thorne , The Science of Interstellar ( W.W. Norton and Company, New York, 2014).
6. Allen Everett and Thomas Roman , Time Travel and Warp Drives ( University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2012).
8. Francisco S. N. Lobo “ Exotic solutions in general relativity: Traversable wormholes and ‘warp drive’ spacetimes,” Classical and Quantum Gravity Research 5 Progress ( Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY, 2008), pp. 1–78.
10. See, e.g., chapter 13 of The Science of Interstellar4.
11. James B. Hartle , Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity ( Addison-Wesley, San Francisco, 2003).
12. Oliver James , Eugénie von Tunzelmann , Paul Franklin , and Kip S. Thorne , “ Gravitational lensing by spinning black holes in astrophysics, and in the movie Interstellar,” Class. Quant. Grav. 32, 065001 (2015).
14.Fifteen years later, Morris and Thorne3 wrote down this same metric, among others, and being unaware of Ellis's paper, failed to attribute it to him, for which they apologize. Regretably, it is sometimes called the Morris-Thorne wormhole metric.
15. Thomas Müller , “ Visual appearance of a Morris-Thorne-Wormhole,” Am. J. Phys. 72, 1045–1050 (2004),
17.This is the same as Eq. (7.46b) of Hartle,11 where, however, our ℓ is denoted ρ.
18.See the technical notes for chapter 15 of The Science of Interstellar,5 pp. 294–295.
19. From the embedding equation (6) and [Eq. (5b)], it follows that .
23. Richard H. Price and Kip S. Thorne , “ Superhamiltonian for geodesic motion and its power in numerical computations,” Am. J. Phys. (in preparation).
24. Charles W. Misner , Kip S. Thorne , and John Archibald Wheeler , Gravitation ( W. H. Freeman, San Francisco, 1973).
25. The polar axis is arbitrary because the wormhole's geometry is spherically symmetric.
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Christopher Nolan's science fiction movie Interstellar offers a variety
of opportunities for students in elementary courses on general relativity theory. This
paper describes such opportunities, including: (i) At the motivational level, the manner
in which elementary relativity concepts underlie the wormhole visualizations seen in the
movie; (ii) At the briefest computational level, instructive calculations with simple but
intriguing wormhole metrics, including, e.g., constructing embedding diagrams for the
three-parameter wormhole that was used by our visual effects team and Christopher Nolan in
scoping out possible wormhole geometries for the movie; (iii) Combining the proper
reference frame of a camera with solutions of the geodesic equation, to construct a
light-ray-tracing map backward in time from a camera's local sky to a wormhole's two celestial spheres;
(iv) Implementing this map, for example, in Mathematica, Maple or Matlab, and using that
implementation to construct images of what a camera sees when near or inside a wormhole; (v) With the
student's implementation, exploring how the wormhole's three parameters influence what the
sees—which is precisely how Christopher Nolan, using our implementation, chose the
parameters for Interstellar's wormhole; (vi) Using the student's
implementation, exploring the wormhole's Einstein ring and particularly the peculiar
motions of star images near the ring, and exploring what it looks like to travel through a
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