Beyond Star Trek: From Alien Invasions to the End of Time
In the bestselling The Physics of Star Trek, the renowned theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss took readers on an entertaining and eye-opening tour of the Star Trek universe to see how it stacked up against the real universe. Now, responding to requests for more as well as to a number of recent exciting discoveries in physics and astronomy, Krauss takes a provocative look...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by HarperCollins e-books
(first published 1997)
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Beyond Star Trek basically attempts to analyze whether some of the phenomena we see in sci-fi and fantasy movies are possible from a scientific view point. Subjects discussed include travel at super-luminous speeds, ESP, time travel, etc. The author is able to explain some extremely complicated concepts very clearly, e.g., quantum entanglement. My only complaint is that a number of the subjects are deemed unrealistic for the same reason--they would require too much energy. However, I blame scien...more
Most enjoyable discussion of the science ideas underlying various sci-fi films and tv shows - or not underlying them, as the case may be :>). As usual, I got lost when he hit quantum mechanics in the last chapter or two. I cannot make my mind grasp this stuff, no matter how much of it I read. But I liked the rest of the book.
Though many of Beyond Star Trek's messages don't entirely hit the mark in terms of being certifiable fact, Krauss has a knack for identifying common misconceptions in popular media. This book isn't meant to teach you. It's meant to make you think, and it does a good job with it.
Good follow-up to The Physics of Star Trek, this time covering general SF themes like time travel, faster than light space travel, ESP, quantum mechanics, and the Force/levitation. The only downside is the 90's TV show references that make the book a little dated.
This book was highly entertaining and made me wish that I had majored in physics in college. The chapter on X-files was my favorite, being that I'm a big fan of the show. Krauss' presentation of physics concepts are laid out really well, in the context of popular science fiction. I was literally laughing out loud during several parts of this book, and that was before I met Dr. Krauss at a lecture and found out how funny he is in person. He definitely deserves the title "rock-star scientist", bec...more
Aug 01, 2013 Anderson County Library rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This book examines the physics of the movies Star Trek, Star Wars, X-Files and Independence Day. The writer makes the science of physics understandable to the common person. Separates fact from fantasy.
As with the original, this book is well worth it if you have an interest in physics, Star Trek, or both. The accessible writing and humor make it stand out as a scientific analysis of popular science fiction concepts.
Foundation Professor at Arizona State University in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Physics Department, and Director of the Origins Initiative. Author of several bestselling books, including The Physics of Star Trek.More about Lawrence M. Krauss...