Now I know what you're thinking. Yes, everything is illogical about Star Wars. The crew of the Millennium Falcon fight flying creatures inside the belly of a giant space worm that lives inside an asteroid floating in space, for crying out loud. That doesn't mean people can't have fun applying science to the science-free world.

One such person is Rhett Allain, an Associate Professor of Physics at Southeastern Louisiana University. Over on the science blog Dotphysics, Allain casually uses his expertise to explain why R2D2, as seen in the prequel films, flying around with two go-go-gadget thrusters on his legs makes zero sense. There's a lot of math involved that is, I'll confess, over my head but the gist of it comes to this: considering all of the variables (gravity, speed, drag resistance etc), the only way R2D2 could attain flight is if he weighed an improbable 100 grams.

Sure, it's a pointless exercise that's hardly blowing the lid off of George Lucas otherwise physically sound fantasy world and making fun of the Star Wars prequels is like shooting manatees in a barrel, but it's a quirky read for Star Wars/physics geeks.

[Via BoingBoing]
categories Sci-Fi