Knowing more about the physical universe opens up more options and greater capabilities for people, and for characters in cinema and fiction.
Below are some videos from Carleton University featuring learning facilities and people talking about gaining knowledge of the physical universe.
Batman (in some versions - for example the 1989 Batman movie directed by Tim Burton) is an example of a character who uses scientific knowledge to develop much more advanced capabilities than most people. Of course many characters do not have to have the financial backing to do this on such a grand scale as Batman.
400 years of eclipse images in one 2-minute video - A look at how people have responded to eclipses from 1571 to the present.
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