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Science and Fiction

New Light Through Old Windows: Exploring Contemporary Science Through 12 Classic Science Fiction Tales

Authors: Webb, Stephen

  • Introduces and reprints 12 classic SF short stories (1858-1934)
  • Examines the latest thinking surrounding each story’s main theme
  • Provides many suggestions for further reading
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  • Due: March 15, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-03195-4
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Softcover $29.99
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  • Due: February 15, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-03194-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
About this book

This book presents the reader with some of the earliest classic SF short stories – all of them published between 1858 and 1934, featuring both well-known and long-forgotten writers – dealing for the first time with topics to which science had (some) answers only at much later stages. This includes aspects of alien life forms, transmogrification, pandemics, life on Mars, android robots, big data, matter transmission and impact events to name but a few.

The short stories are reprinted in full alongside extensive commentaries which also examine some of the latest scientific thinking surrounding the story’s main theme and provide the reader with suggestions for further reading.

 


 

 

About the authors

Since gaining a BSc in physics from the University of Bristol and a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Manchester, Stephen Webb has worked in a variety of universities in the UK. He has published an undergraduate textbook Measuring the Universe - The Cosmological Distance Ladder (1999) as well as several popular science books, among them  Out of this World - Colliding Universes, Branes, Strings, and Other Wild Ideas of Modern Physics in 2004, New Eyes on the Universe - Twelve Cosmic Mysteries and the Tools We Need to Solve Them in 2012, the second edition of If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... WHERE IS EVERYBODY? Seventy-Five Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life in 2015, All the Wonder that Would Be - Exploring Past Notions of the Future in 2017, also published as part of Springer’s Science and Fiction series, as well as recently, Clash of Symbols - A ride through the riches of glyphs. His 2018 TED talk on aliens has to date been watched more than 1.75 million times.

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: March 15, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-03195-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Softcover $29.99
price for USA in USD
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: February 15, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-03194-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
New Light Through Old Windows: Exploring Contemporary Science Through 12 Classic Science Fiction Tales
Authors
Series Title
Science and Fiction
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03195-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03195-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-03194-7
Series ISSN
2197-1188
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 263
Number of Illustrations
22 b/w illustrations
Topics