Total Recall

Ragtag Cinema Columbia, MO


Sergei Kopeikin

Physicist; Astronomer; Professor, University of Missouri

Total Recall— Mars 2050

Join theoretical physicist, astronomer, and professor at the University of Missouri, Sergei Kopeikin in a discussion of Mars and human viability.

Ragtag Cinema Columbia, MO

Film Synopsis

When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real—or does he?

In the year 2084, Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a bored construction worker who dreams of traveling to the colonized planet of Mars. He visits "Rekall," a company that plants false memories into people's brains, in order to experience the thrill of Mars without having to travel there. But when something goes wrong during the procedure, Quaid discovers that his entire life is actually a false memory and that the people who implanted it in his head now want him dead. Ensuing events leave no room for doubt that his true identity is that of a highly trained secret agent. He then follows a trail of clues to gradually recover more suppressed memories and reassumes his original calling with renewed dedication.

About the Speaker

Sergei Kopeikin is a USSR-born theoretical physicist and astronomer presently living and working in the United States, where he holds the position of Professor of Physics at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. He specializes in the theoretical and experimental study of gravity and general relativity. He has worked out a complete post-Newtonian theory of equations of motion of N extended bodies in scalar-tensor theory of gravity and derived the Lagrangian of the relativistic N-body problem. Also an expert in astronomical reference frames and time metrology, his theories have been adopted as a standard at the International Astronomical Union. Kopeikin has published 198 scientific papers and 2 books. He was an editor of two other books on advances in relativistic celestial mechanics.