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The Physics of Star Trek | [Lawrence M. Krauss]

The Physics of Star Trek

What actually happens when the words, "beam me up, Scottie" are uttered? What "warps" when something travels at warp speed? Internationally renowned theoretical physicist and educator Lawrence M. Krauss provides matter-of-fact scientific explanations of the physics of Star Trek in this highly creative and informative guide for both the devoted Trekkie and the physics novice.
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What actually happens when the words, "beam me up, Scottie" are uttered? What "warps" when something travels at warp speed? Internationally renowned theoretical physicist and educator Lawrence M. Krauss provides matter-of-fact scientific explanations of the physics of Star Trek in this highly creative and informative guide for both the devoted Trekkie and the physics novice. Krauss reviews the basic laws of physics, as well as the ideas of leading physicists, including Newton, Hawking, Einstein, Feynman, Kirk, and Janeway.

©1995 Lawrence M. Krauss; (P)1996 Books on Tape, Inc.

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    Christopher Water Valley, MS, USA 12-07-04
    Christopher Water Valley, MS, USA 12-07-04
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    "Interesting Book. Quite Technical"

    This was an interesting book to read/listen too. It was quite technical and discussed the actual physics behind many of the technical innovations suggested by the various series. Not only does the author do a good job of explaining the Series reasons for many of these things to work, but he will also delve into actual physics that we understand at the time this book was written and suggest how some of these things may be possible, or whether they may in fact be impossible, or improbable.

    The audiobook seems to have some problems in the fact that you miss some drawings or illustrations that might have been available to view had I had the printed copy. Occasionally the author will refer to one of these illustrations or drawings that he assumes you to have seen. This did not deter from my enjoyment of the book however.

    The author does a good job of using analogy or layterms, and takes the time to define many terms to allow any reader to have a good basis for understanding much of the physics referred to in this book.

    It won't win any awards, but it made a short trip for me, more enjoyable (much to the chagrin of my wife and children in the car with me).

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus Houston, TX, USA 10-07-05
    Marcus Houston, TX, USA 10-07-05
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    "A great book for Star Trek fans"

    This book is great for Star Trek fans who also enjoy the basics of astrophysics and helps you understand how far off in the future the Science of Star Trek actually is. For Non Trekers just ignore the references to the programme episodes and enjoy the thought prevoking phyisical facts that prove that Science Ficton really is Fiction in this day and age.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Portland, OR, USA 09-03-05
    Charles Portland, OR, USA 09-03-05
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    "Excellent book!"

    Excellent book! It is grounded solidly in Physics. The book will be of great interest to both theoretical physics fans and star trek fans. As a fan of both I found this book superb.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Jones Manchester, CT United States 01-03-10
    Cynthia Jones Manchester, CT United States 01-03-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Review of "The Physics of Star Trek""

    The best audio book I've ever listened to. Of course - I am a "Trekie" but I've listened to this 3 times and still am not tired of it. The narrator has a highly entertaining style and the content really is interesting if you have been immersed in any of the Star Trek genre of shows. Highly entertaining, smart and clever.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    gatetraveler CA 08-17-09
    gatetraveler CA 08-17-09 Member Since 2009
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    "This was super great!"

    I enjoyed everybit of it. Even listen to it twice! The Narrated did a great job reading and even when I didn't have the picture to see what he was talking about I was able to follow along and get the meaning of what he said. I was able to better understand what physics is. This was a great way of learning it. Time travel, space, planets, blackholes... all was explained almost too easy. Love it and would recommend it to anyone who wants to understand the basics of physics.

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    D. McNally Maryland 06-18-13
    D. McNally Maryland 06-18-13 Member Since 2011

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    If you could sum up The Physics of Star Trek in three words, what would they be?

    Lawrence Krauss is a prominent theoretical physicist today, but this was written back in the 1990s. Wow! Great insights on what is possible and what may be impossible. Who doesn't love Star Trek? I just watched the Voyager episode last night!


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    Tomer Ramat Hasharon, Israel 02-08-13
    Tomer Ramat Hasharon, Israel 02-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you listen to The Physics of Star Trek again? Why?

    The amount of facts and data with easy to understand practical usages and samples is overwhelming for first time listening...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I just did not have the time (6 hours and 31 minutes)...


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    Erik INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 12-22-12
    Erik INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 12-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great, if a bit dated"
    What did you love best about The Physics of Star Trek?

    It's a good introduction to basic physics and cosmology.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator was succinct and easy to understand. He was a bit stilted and mechanical however.


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