Beyond Star Trek: From Alien Invasions To The End Of Time

Paperback | December 15, 1998

byLawrence M. Krauss

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In the bestselling The Physics of Star Trek, the renowned theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss took readers on an entertaining and eye-opening tour of the Star Trek universe to see how it stacked up against the real universe. Now, responding to requests for more as well as to a number of recent exciting discoveries in physics and astronomy, Krauss takes a provocative look at how the laws of physics relate to notions from our popular culture -- not only Star Trek, but other films, shows, and popular lore -- from Independence Day to Star Wars to The X-Files.

  • What's the difference between a flying saucer and a flying pretzel?

  • Why didn't the aliens in Independence Day have to bother invading Earth to destroy it?
  • What's new with warp drives?

  • What's the most likely scenario for doomsday?

  • Are ESP and telekinesis impossible?

  • What do clairvoyance and time travel have in common?

  • How might quantum mechanics ultimately affect the fate of life in the universe?

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Get ready to beam up for another trip to the boundaries of science in Beyond Star Trek: Physics from Alien Invasions to the End of Time. Lawrence M. Krauss investigates whether today's science fiction could become tomorrow's science fact. This renowned physicist explores how the laws of physics relate to other icons of science fiction ...

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In the bestselling The Physics of Star Trek, the renowned theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss took readers on an entertaining and eye-opening tour of the Star Trek universe to see how it stacked up against the real universe. Now, responding to requests for more as well as to a number of recent exciting discoveries in physics and astr...

Lawrence M. Krauss is Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics and Professor of Astronomy and Chairman of the Department of Physics at Case Western Reserve University. He is also the author of two acclaimed books, Fear of Physics: A Guide for the Perplexed and The Fifth Essence: The Search far Dark Matter in the Universe, and over 120 sci...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.47 inPublished:December 15, 1998Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond Star Trek In this sequel to his pioneer book The Physics of Star Trek, Krauss goes beyond the Trek universe to explore the scientific facts and fallacies behind other popular science fiction movies and programs, such as Star Wars, X-Files, and Independence Day. He explains why the aliens from Independence Day could have destroyed Earth without bothering to even enter the atmosphere. Psychic abilities, doomsday scenarios, computer technology, the likelihood of meeting alien life - Krauss explores all these topics with a sense of playful wit that entertains as it educates.
Date published: 1999-06-17

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Get ready to beam up for another trip to the boundaries of science in Beyond Star Trek: Physics from Alien Invasions to the End of Time. Lawrence M. Krauss investigates whether today's science fiction could become tomorrow's science fact. This renowned physicist explores how the laws of physics relate to other icons of science fiction from Star Wars and Independence Day to The X-Files, and other popular science fiction. Krauss is the bestselling author of The Physics of Star Trek.