2001  A  Space  Odyssey

Enzian Theater Maitland, FL


Adam Johnson

Aerospace Engineer; Adjunct Advisor, US Space and Rocket Center

2001: A Space Odyssey— The Science and Technology of HAL

A talk on the science and technology developed for the film.

Enzian Theater Maitland, FL

Film Synopsis

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer HAL 9000, sets off on a quest.

Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and other astronauts are sent on a mission to discover the origin of a mysterious monolith discovered beneath the Lunar surface. As the team heads toward Jupiter, their ship's computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time. Director Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's best-selling book is a landmark production, perhaps the most respected science-fiction film of all time. The groundbreaking special effects and trippy visuals offer a mix of imagination and science, and the film itself serves as a profound commentary on man's relation to machines, the universe, and life itself.

About the Speaker

Adam Johnson is an aerospace engineer and adjunct advisor for the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. He has the envious job of curating the Frederick I. Ordway III Collection, home to the research and behind-the-scenes material amassed by Ordway, science advisor to 2001: A Space Odyssey.