The Resource Exploring Science Through Science Fiction, by Barry B. Luokkala, (electronic resource)

Exploring Science Through Science Fiction, by Barry B. Luokkala, (electronic resource)

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Exploring Science Through Science Fiction
Title
Exploring Science Through Science Fiction
Statement of responsibility
by Barry B. Luokkala
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Language
eng
Summary
How does Einstein’s description of space and time compare with Dr. 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? How might we discover intelligent civilizations on other planets in the galaxy? Is human teleportation possible? Will our technological society ever reach the point at which it becomes lawful to discriminate on the basis of genetic information, as in the movie GATTACA? Exploring Science Through Science Fiction addresses these and other interesting questions, using science fiction as a springboard for discussing fundamental science concepts and cutting-edge science research. The book is designed as a primary text for a college-level course which should appeal to students in the fine arts and humanities as well as to science and engineering students. 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. With over 180 references to specific scenes in 130 sci-fi movies and TV episodes, spanning over 100 years of cinematic history, it should be an enjoyable read for anyone with an interest in science and science fiction
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Luokkala, Barry B
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0
LC call number
  • QC178
  • QC173.5-173.65
Literary form
non fiction
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SpringerLink
Series statement
Science and Fiction,
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  • Physics
  • Life sciences
  • Astrophysics
  • Science (General)
  • Engineering
  • Materials
  • Physics
  • Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory
  • Life Sciences, general
  • Popular Science, general
  • Materials Science, general
  • Engineering, general
  • Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences
Label
Exploring Science Through Science Fiction, by Barry B. Luokkala, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Antecedent source
mixed
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
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rdacarrier
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not applicable
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- 1 Introduction: Discerning the Real, the Possible and the Impossible -- 2 What is the Nature of Space and Time? (the physics of space travel and time travel) -- 3 What is the Universe Made of? (matter, energy and interactions) -- 4 Can a Machine Become Self-Aware? (the sciences of computing and cognition) -- 5 Are We Alone in the Universe? (the search for extraterrestrial intelligence) -- 6 What does it Mean to be Human? (biological sciences, biotechnology and other considerations) -- 7 How do We Solve Our Problems? (science, technology and society) -- 8 What Lies Ahead? (the future of our technological society) -- Appendix A: Catalog of Movies Cited -- Appendix B: Catalog of Television Series Episodes Cited -- Appendix C: Catalog of YouTube Videos Cited -- Appendix D: Solutions to Estimation Problems
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
XIX, 241 p. 27 illus., 20 illus. in color.
File format
multiple file formats
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electronic
Isbn
9781461478911
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uncompressed
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.1007/978-1-4614-7891-1
Other physical details
online resource.
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absent
Reformatting quality
access
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(DE-He213)978-1-4614-7891-1
Label
Exploring Science Through Science Fiction, by Barry B. Luokkala, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
mixed
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
not applicable
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- 1 Introduction: Discerning the Real, the Possible and the Impossible -- 2 What is the Nature of Space and Time? (the physics of space travel and time travel) -- 3 What is the Universe Made of? (matter, energy and interactions) -- 4 Can a Machine Become Self-Aware? (the sciences of computing and cognition) -- 5 Are We Alone in the Universe? (the search for extraterrestrial intelligence) -- 6 What does it Mean to be Human? (biological sciences, biotechnology and other considerations) -- 7 How do We Solve Our Problems? (science, technology and society) -- 8 What Lies Ahead? (the future of our technological society) -- Appendix A: Catalog of Movies Cited -- Appendix B: Catalog of Television Series Episodes Cited -- Appendix C: Catalog of YouTube Videos Cited -- Appendix D: Solutions to Estimation Problems
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
XIX, 241 p. 27 illus., 20 illus. in color.
File format
multiple file formats
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9781461478911
Level of compression
uncompressed
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.1007/978-1-4614-7891-1
Other physical details
online resource.
Quality assurance targets
absent
Reformatting quality
access
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(DE-He213)978-1-4614-7891-1

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