Adam Frank’s praise of Thor jives with my assessment that Thor’s treatment of science and myth is wonderfully balanced.

As I have written elsewhere (including my first book), in our modern culture science functions as myth in the sense that it provides us with narratives of origins and endings that set our individual lives into a cosmic context. But how do those narratives move outward from the observatory, the laboratory and the lecture hall into the culture? Movies like Thor, provide one answer to that question.

When you watch the film, be particularly mindful of the stunning visualization of Asgard — realm of the gods. Hanging above the golden realm is a starscape that is, literally, right out of modern science.