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Exploring Science Through Science Fiction

  • Barry B. Luokkala
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Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)

About this book

Introduction

How does Einstein’s description of space and time compare with Doctor Who?  Can James Bond really escape from an armor-plated railroad car by cutting through the floor with a laser concealed in a wristwatch? What would it take to create a fully intelligent android, such as Star Trek’s Commander Data? 

Exploring Science Through Science Fiction addresses these and other intriguing questions, using science fiction as a springboard for discussing fundamental science concepts and cutting-edge science research. It includes references to original research papers, landmark scientific publications and technical documents, as well as a broad range of science literature at a more popular level. 

The revised second edition includes expanded discussions on topics such as gravitational waves and black holes, machine learning and quantum computing, gene editing, and more. In all, the second edition now features over 220 references to specific scenes in more than 160 sci-fi movies and TV episodes, spanning over 100 years of cinematic history. 


Designed as the primary text for a college-level course, this book will appeal to students across the fine arts, humanities, and hard sciences, as well as any reader with an interest in science and science fiction.

Praise for the first edition:

"This journey from science fiction to science fact provides an engaging and surprisingly approachable read..." (Jen Jenkins, Journal of Science Fiction, Vol. 2 (1), September 2017)

Keywords

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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-29393-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-29392-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-29393-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-1188
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-1196
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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