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The Physics of Star Trek

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A serious romp through the physics of Star Trek?

  • Dec 17, 2009
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"The Physics of Star Trek" is a light-hearted, informative, thoroughly entertaining and yet, paradoxically, entirely serious overview of the physics of Star Trek - arguably the longest-running, most popular, and most famous franchise in the history of television and movies. Dr Krauss regales us with essay after essay on what the writers got right, what they got wrong and how their imaginative brilliance sometimes made them look like prescient scientists instead of script writers - black holes, parallel universes, time travel, quantum gravity, phasers, holographic virtual reality, warp drives, teleportation, replication, alien life forms, scanners, tractor beams, antimatter fuel and much, much more.

Similar in content and style to Michio Kaku's popular "Physics of the Impossible", Krauss' approach to the academic side of the physics involved is just a little more light-hearted and easy going which, of course, will appeal to the less-informed readers of popular science. If you feel up to the challenge, this makes a great prequel and companion read to Michio Kaku's excellent book.

For diehard Star Trek fans, Krauss also regales us with a set of laughable physics bloopers and ends with the hint of a sequel to come that he will entitle "Physics of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Krauss"! Now that's hilarious.

Well done, Mr Krauss. Highly recommended. On a side note, I recently had the privilege of hearing Mr Krauss speak live in a physics "debate" at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario. If you ever get the chance to hear him lecture, be sure to take the opportunity. His speaking is every bit as entertaining as his writing. (Or is it the other way around?)

Paul Weiss

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