By Lawrence M. Krauss
Within the bestselling The Physics of big name Trek, the well known theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss took readers on an wonderful and eye-opening journey of the superstar Trek universe to work out the way it stacked up opposed to the genuine universe. Now, responding to requests for extra in addition to to a couple of contemporary fascinating discoveries in physics and astronomy, Krauss takes a provocative examine how the legislation of physics relate to notions from our pop culture -- not just big name Trek, yet different movies, exhibits, and well known lore -- from Independence Day to megastar Wars to The X-Files. what is the distinction among a flying saucer and a flying pretzel?Why did not the extraterrestrial beings in Independence Day need to hassle invading Earth to smash it?What's new with warp drives?What's the main most likely state of affairs for doomsday?Are ESP and telekinesis impossible?What do clairvoyance and time commute have in common?How may quantum mechanics finally have an effect on the destiny of lifestyles within the universe?
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ISBN0-465-00637-X 1. Space sciences. 2. Life on other planets. 3. Space flight. I. 9'01'53—dczi 97-31127 97 98 99 00 01 · / R R D 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 In Memory of Carl Sagan 1934-1996 PROLOGUE These are the days of miracle and wonder. —Paul Simon I have been asked innumerable times since the publication of my last book, The Physics of Star Trek, to talk about the relationship of science to science fiction. I think the connection is a simple one: We are all inspired by the same questions. I also believe that the questions that scientists and writers of science fiction wonder about are essentially universal and time invariant.
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