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Physics - Theoretical, Mathematical & Computational Physics | Exploring Science Through Science Fiction

Exploring Science Through Science Fiction

Luokkala, Barry B

2014, XIX, 241 p. 27 illus., 20 illus. in color.

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  • Covers a breadth of topics in the sciences, and draws examples from over 100 years of science fiction film, as well as television
  • Includes an appendix of films cited, with information about the science concepts illustrated by each one
  • Serves as a useful reference for anyone who wants to use examples from sci-fi to illustrate a variety of science concepts
  • Includes numerical examples and solutions referencing many of the cited science fiction sources

How does Einstein’s description of space and time compare with Dr. Who? Can James Bond really escape from an armor-plated railroad car by cutting through the floor with a laser concealed in a wristwatch? What would it take to create a fully-intelligent android, such as Star Trek’s Commander Data? How might we discover intelligent civilizations on other planets in the galaxy? Is human teleportation possible? Will our technological society ever reach the point at which it becomes lawful to discriminate on the basis of genetic information, as in the movie GATTACA?

Exploring Science Through Science Fiction addresses these and other interesting questions, using science fiction as a springboard for discussing fundamental science concepts and cutting-edge science research. The book is designed as a primary text for a college-level course which should appeal to students in the fine arts and humanities as well as to science and engineering students. It includes references to original research papers, landmark scientific publications and technical documents, as well as a broad range of science literature at a more popular level. With over 180 references to specific scenes in 130 sci-fi movies and TV episodes, spanning over 100 years of cinematic history, it should be an enjoyable read for anyone with an interest in science and science fiction.

Content Level » Lower undergraduate

Keywords » faster than light travel - human teleportation - origins of science fiction - physics for poets - physics of space travel - science fiction explained - science fiction technologies - science for jocks - the science of science fiction - transporter technology

Related subjects » Engineering - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - Life Sciences - Materials - Popular Science - Theoretical, Mathematical & Computational Physics

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