The Physics of Star Trek

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Basic Books, 1995 - Performing Arts - 188 pages
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If you enjoy watching Star Trek, you're in good company. Some of the most distinguished physicists in the world, from Kip Thorne to Steven Weinberg and Sheldon Glashow, tune in, and a popular pastime at professional physics meetings and over e-mail is a discussion of the science in the series. Now you can join the fun. Anyone who has ever wondered, "could this really happen?" will gain useful insights into the Star Trek universe (and, incidentally, the real world of physics) in this charming and accessible guide. Lawrence M. Krauss boldly goes where Star Trek has gone - and beyond. He uses the Star Trek future as a launching pad to discuss the forefront of modern physics today. From Newton to Hawking, from Einstein to Feynman, from Kirk to Picard, Krauss leads you on a voyage to the world of physics as we now know it and as it might one day be. With a foreword by the most renowned Trekker of all (and one-time Next Generation bit player), Stephen Hawking, and featuring a section on the top ten physics bloopers and blunders in Star Trek as selected by Nobel Prize-winning physicists and other dedicated Trekkers, this is a volume that will add a whole new dimension to your enjoyment of the series and to your appreciation of the universe we live in!

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Readers know that today’s science fiction often becomes tomorrow’s science fact. But how does “Star Trek” stack up against the real universe? As readers explore the concepts, they will discover what ... Read full review

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One could almost believe this book is contemporary, with the recent Star Trek reboot movie bringing Trek back into popular culture, but alas, this book is from 1995. (It would have been really ... Read full review

Contents

THREE Hawking Shows His Hand
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four Data Ends the Game
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five Atoms or Bits
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Lawrence Krauss is a theoretical physicist. Krauss is professor of physics, Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration, and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. He is the only physicist to have received awards from all three major U.S. physics societies: the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the American Institute of Physics. Lawrence Krauss received undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics from Carleton University and his Ph.D. in physics from MIT. Krauss taught at Yale University and was Chairman of the Physics Department at Case Western Reserve University. Krauss is the author of several bestselling books, including The Fifth Essence (1991), Fear of Physics (1994), The Physics of Star Trek (1995), Beyond Star Trek (1997), Quintessence (2001), Atom (2002), Hiding in the Mirror (2005), Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science (2010), and A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing (2012).

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