Introduction: Discerning the Real, the Possible, and the Impossible

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


A major goal of the present work is to increase public awareness and appreciation of science, but the approach is somewhat unorthodox. We will use science fiction as a vehicle for exploring actual science and as a springboard for discussing some of the exciting topics that are currently being researched. Our examples will be drawn almost exclusively from film and television. Occasional references to a few of the classic works of science fiction literature are also included.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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