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).
25 of 26 people found this review helpful
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.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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
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
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
It was hard to stay engaged in this book due to the narrator. The tone is consistent throughout without much inflection and it just dragggggs along.
I suggest checking out the sample. If the narrator is tolerable and you're a big Star Trek fan then you'll likely get your credits worth.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I'd like to read the newer version to see what information has changed. That's the beauty of science. Sometimes we get to see our dreams come true anyway.
The author is good but this was written in the 90's. Quite a bit has changed since then. The audio quality was terrible. I almost returned it after 10 minutes. Lawrence Krauss is a good story teller though and the material was interesting. It is definitely written for an audience that isn't more knowledgeable about physics than high school though.
A friend recommended this book and boy was I satisfied! Although the narrator was fantastic the book itself made my head spin numerous times. I have enjoyed all the physics knowledge passed to me through pages of this book and as a moderate Trekker I now love Star Trek even more. I can recommend this book to everyone hungry for space exploration without any remarks.
Some of the information is out bated by 2016 standards but I do highly recommend this book.