So many of us have grown up watching the Enterprise and crews explore planets, fight aliens, and have nail-biting escapes that we never question the science. How would transporters work? Photon torpedoes? How fast is Warp 9? This book examines the physics of space travel and our current state of the art (not even close). But theoretically….
Yet as Krauss points out, that does not stop discussion of the latest ‘Trek’ over coffee the following day, such as this:
‘ By the same token, not just light but all massless radiation must travel at the speed of light. This means that the many types of beings of “pure energy” encountered by the Enterprise, and later by the Voyager, would have difficulty existing as shown. In the first place, they wouldn’t be able to sit still. Light cannot be slowed down, let alone stopped in empty space. ‘
Krauss, Lawrence M.. The Physics of Star Trek (p. 29). Basic Books. Kindle Edition.
So, those Zetarians or Dal’Rok would have correspondingly slowed senses of time in comparison to ours. He gives credit to the writers for those concepts they do right, and mentions where our current theories could support such plot devices.
This volume must be read by all scify buffs. 5 Stars.