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The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence M. Krauss
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Krauss, Lawrence M. THE PHYSICS OF STAR TREK. (1995). ***. Krauss is a professor of physics and professor of Astronomy and Chairman of the Department of Physics at Cast Western Reserve University. He is also a Trekkie fan which, he discovered, is typical of many of his peers. He decided to write this book to address a list of items that the writers of the show got wrong, and what they got right in light of the knowledge of present day physics. You should also know, however, that Krauss is a cosmologist and that they as a group always veer off into their disipline even when telling fairy tales to their kids. How does the Star Trek universe stack up against the real universe? You will find this guide fascinating – although you will likely get lost along the way at several points. Krauss’ agenda includes such questions as:
* What warps when you’re traveling at warp speed?
* What’s the difference between the holodeck and a hologram?
* What happens when you get beamed up?
* What is the difference between a Wormhole and a Black Hole?
* What is antimatter and why does the Enterprise need it?
* Are time loops really possible, and can I kill my grandmother before I’m born?
You will discover the answers to these and many other fascinating questions by reading this book. There is also an introduction by Stephen Hawking.
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