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Science of 'Game of Thrones' Is Topic of Arts & Lectures Event

For anyone looking to get in the mood for the highly anticipated final season of “Game of Thrones,” Cal State San Marcos has you covered.

Dr. Rebecca Thompson, head of public outreach for the American Physical Society, is touring the country to talk about the science behind the popular HBO show and the book series that it’s based on, “A Song of Fire and Ice” by George R.R. Martin. Thompson will speak at CSUSM on March 28 as the final guest of the university’s spring Arts & Lectures series.

Some of the topics that Thompson will cover are the heat of dragon fire, the metallurgy of weapon-grade steel, the science of seasons and the biology of a beheading. If you like what you hear, you can read more in her upcoming book, “Fire, Blood and Physics: The Science of Game of Thrones.”

Thompson has led public outreach efforts for the American Physical Society since 2008. She earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007.

The eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” will debut on HBO on April 14.

All attendees must purchase or reserve tickets online via the Arts & Lectures website.


What:Fire, Blood and Physics: The Science of Game of Thrones” as part of Cal State San Marcos’ Arts & Lectures series

When:Thursday, March 28, 5:30-7 p.m.

Where:University Student Union Ballroom on campus

Tickets:Free for CSUSM students; $5 for CSUSM faculty, staff and alumni; $10 for community members

Parking:For driving directions, campus map and parking fees, visit theCSUSM Parking Guide.

Information:Visit theArts & Lectures websiteorclick hereto purchase tickets.


About California State University San Marcos  

Building on an innovative 29-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the City of San Marcos, it is the only public four-year comprehensive university serving North San Diego, Southwest Riverside and South Orange Counties.  

The university enrolls 17,000 students. With approximately 2,000 employees, the institution is a Great College to Work For® (The Chronicle of Higher Education). As a recipient of the annual HEED Award since 2014—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—CSUSM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.