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The Resource Wizards, aliens, and starships : physics and math in fantasy and science fiction, Charles L. Adler

Wizards, aliens, and starships : physics and math in fantasy and science fiction, Charles L. Adler

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Wizards, aliens, and starships : physics and math in fantasy and science fiction
Title
Wizards, aliens, and starships
Title remainder
physics and math in fantasy and science fiction
Statement of responsibility
Charles L. Adler
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"From teleportation and space elevators to alien contact and interstellar travel, science fiction and fantasy writers have come up with some brilliant and innovative ideas. Yet how plausible are these ideas--for instance, could Mr. Weasley's flying car in Harry Potter really exist? Which concepts might actually happen--and which ones wouldn't work at all? Wizards, Aliens, and Starships delves into the most extraordinary details in science fiction and fantasy--such as time warps, shape changing, rocket launches, and illumination by floating candle--and shows readers the physics and math behind the phenomena. With simple mathematical models, and in most cases using no more than high school algebra, Charles Adler ranges across a plethora of remarkable imaginings, from the works of Ursula K. Le Guin to Star Trek and Avatar, to explore what might become reality. Adler explains why fantasy in the Harry Potter and Dresden Files novels cannot adhere strictly to scientific laws, and when magic might make scientific sense in the muggle world. He examines space travel and wonders why it isn't cheaper and more common today. Adler also discusses exoplanets and how the search for alien life has shifted from radio communications to space-based telescopes. He concludes by investigating the future survival of humanity and other intelligent races. Throughout, he cites an abundance of science fiction and fantasy authors, and includes concise descriptions of stories as well as a glossary of science terms. Wizards, Aliens, and Starships will speak to anyone wanting to know about the correct--and incorrect--science of science fiction and fantasy"--
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Adler, Charles L
Dewey number
809.3/8762
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN3433.8
LC item number
.A35 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fantasy literature
  • Science fiction
  • Physics in literature
  • Mathematics in literature
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
Label
Wizards, aliens, and starships : physics and math in fantasy and science fiction, Charles L. Adler
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 359-369) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Playing the game -- Part I. Potter physics. Harry Potter and the great conservation laws -- Why Hogwarts is so dark -- Fantastic beasts and how to disprove them -- Part II. Space travel. Why computers get better and cars can't (much) -- Vacations in space -- Space colonies -- The space elevator -- Manned interplanetary travel -- Advanced propulsion systems -- Speculative propulsion systems -- Interstellar travel and relativity -- Faster-than-light travel and time travel -- Part III. Worlds and Aliens. Designing a habitable planet -- The scientific search for spock -- The mathematics of talking with aliens -- Part IV. Year googol. The short-term survival of humanity -- World-building -- Dyson spheres and ringworlds -- Advanced civilizations and the Kardashev scale -- A googol years
Control code
ocn840160967
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 378 pages
Isbn
9780691147154
Lccn
2013027794
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)840160967
Label
Wizards, aliens, and starships : physics and math in fantasy and science fiction, Charles L. Adler
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 359-369) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Playing the game -- Part I. Potter physics. Harry Potter and the great conservation laws -- Why Hogwarts is so dark -- Fantastic beasts and how to disprove them -- Part II. Space travel. Why computers get better and cars can't (much) -- Vacations in space -- Space colonies -- The space elevator -- Manned interplanetary travel -- Advanced propulsion systems -- Speculative propulsion systems -- Interstellar travel and relativity -- Faster-than-light travel and time travel -- Part III. Worlds and Aliens. Designing a habitable planet -- The scientific search for spock -- The mathematics of talking with aliens -- Part IV. Year googol. The short-term survival of humanity -- World-building -- Dyson spheres and ringworlds -- Advanced civilizations and the Kardashev scale -- A googol years
Control code
ocn840160967
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 378 pages
Isbn
9780691147154
Lccn
2013027794
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)840160967

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