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“The true sign of in­tel­li­gence is not knowl­edge, but imag­i­na­tion.” When Ge­orge Lu­cas plunged into the big­gest pro­ject of his life 40 years ago, he may have had this quote from Al­bert Ein­stein in mind. What Lu­cas cre­ated was Star Wars, the most suc­cess­ful sci-fi saga of all time. While show­ing what’s pos­si­ble with the power of imag­i­na­tion, his vi­sions also ex­panded the hori­zons of sci­ence and put seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble tech­nol­ogy on film. Some see the fan­tas­ti­cal ma­chines in Star Wars as among the next quan­tum leaps in sci­ence: “The fas­ci­nat­ing uni­verse of Star Wars stim­u­lates our imag­i­na­tion,” ex­plains Mi­chio Kaku, a pro­fes­sor of the­o­ret­i­cal physics. “Lu­cas presents en­tirely new worlds to us and we physi­cists have to bring it to life – tech­no­log­i­cally.” Episode VII: The Force Awak­ens was not just a huge box of­fice hit – gross­ing more than $2 bil­lion –

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