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
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Charles L. Adler
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  • eng
  • 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 the Harry Potter books 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 an appendix on Newton's laws of motion.Wizards, Aliens, and Starships will speak to anyone wanting to know about the correct--and incorrect--science of science fiction and fantasy
Biographical or historical data
Charles L. Adler is professor of physics at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
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IN-ChSCO
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Adler, Charles L
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other
LC call number
PN3433.8
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De Gruyter
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  • Biography & Autobiography
  • Fantasy literature
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Science fiction
  • Science
  • Fantasy literature
  • Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft
  • Mathematics in literature
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Physics in literature
  • Physics, other
  • Physics
  • Science fiction
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specialized
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Wizards, Aliens, and Starships : Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Charles L. Adler
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online resource
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • CHAPTER FIVE. WHY COMPUTERS GET BETTER AND CARS CAN’T (MUCH)
  • CHAPTER SIX. VACATIONS IN SPACE
  • CHAPTER SEVEN. SPACE COLONIES
  • CHAPTER EIGHT. THE SPACE ELEVATOR
  • CHAPTER NINE. MANNED INTERPLANETARY TRAVEL
  • CHAPTER TEN. ADVANCED PROPULSION SYSTEMS
  • CHAPTER ELEVEN. SPECULATIVE PROPULSION SYSTEMS
  • CHAPTER TWELVE. INTERSTELLAR TRAVEL AND RELATIVITY
  • CHAPTER THIRTEEN FASTER-THAN-LIGHT TRAVEL AND TIME TRAVEL.
  • III. WORLDS AND ALIENS
  • Frontmatter
  • CHAPTER FOURTEEN. DESIGNING A HABITABLE PLANET
  • CHAPTER FIFTEEN. THE SCIENTIFIC SEARCH FOR SPOCK
  • CHAPTER SIXTEEN. THE MATHEMATICS OF TALKING WITH ALIENS
  • IV. YEAR GOOGOL
  • CHAPTER SEVENTEEN. THE SHORT-TERM SURVIVAL OF HUMANITY
  • CHAPTER EIGHTEEN. WORLD-BUILDING
  • CHAPTER NINETEEN. DYSON SPHERES AND RINGWORLDS
  • CHAPTER TWENTY. ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS AND THE KARDASHEV SCALE
  • CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE. A GOOGOL YEARS
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  • CONTENTS
  • APPENDIX: NEWTON’S THREE LAWS OF MOTION
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • INDEX
  • CHAPTER ONE. PLAYING THE GAME
  • I. POTTER PHYSICS
  • CHAPTER TWO. HARRY POTTER AND THE GREAT CONSERVATION LAWS
  • CHAPTER THREE. WHY HOGWARTS IS SO DARK
  • CHAPTER FOUR. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND HOW TO DISPROVE THEM
  • II. SPACE TRAVEL
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unknown
Edition
Course Book.
Extent
1 online resource(392 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400848362
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1515/9781400848362
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illustrations.
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not applicable
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remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)459794
  • (OCoLC)984686903
  • (DE-B1597)9781400848362
Label
Wizards, Aliens, and Starships : Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Charles L. Adler
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • CHAPTER FIVE. WHY COMPUTERS GET BETTER AND CARS CAN’T (MUCH)
  • CHAPTER SIX. VACATIONS IN SPACE
  • CHAPTER SEVEN. SPACE COLONIES
  • CHAPTER EIGHT. THE SPACE ELEVATOR
  • CHAPTER NINE. MANNED INTERPLANETARY TRAVEL
  • CHAPTER TEN. ADVANCED PROPULSION SYSTEMS
  • CHAPTER ELEVEN. SPECULATIVE PROPULSION SYSTEMS
  • CHAPTER TWELVE. INTERSTELLAR TRAVEL AND RELATIVITY
  • CHAPTER THIRTEEN FASTER-THAN-LIGHT TRAVEL AND TIME TRAVEL.
  • III. WORLDS AND ALIENS
  • Frontmatter
  • CHAPTER FOURTEEN. DESIGNING A HABITABLE PLANET
  • CHAPTER FIFTEEN. THE SCIENTIFIC SEARCH FOR SPOCK
  • CHAPTER SIXTEEN. THE MATHEMATICS OF TALKING WITH ALIENS
  • IV. YEAR GOOGOL
  • CHAPTER SEVENTEEN. THE SHORT-TERM SURVIVAL OF HUMANITY
  • CHAPTER EIGHTEEN. WORLD-BUILDING
  • CHAPTER NINETEEN. DYSON SPHERES AND RINGWORLDS
  • CHAPTER TWENTY. ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS AND THE KARDASHEV SCALE
  • CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE. A GOOGOL YEARS
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  • CONTENTS
  • APPENDIX: NEWTON’S THREE LAWS OF MOTION
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • INDEX
  • CHAPTER ONE. PLAYING THE GAME
  • I. POTTER PHYSICS
  • CHAPTER TWO. HARRY POTTER AND THE GREAT CONSERVATION LAWS
  • CHAPTER THREE. WHY HOGWARTS IS SO DARK
  • CHAPTER FOUR. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND HOW TO DISPROVE THEM
  • II. SPACE TRAVEL
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
Course Book.
Extent
1 online resource(392 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400848362
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1515/9781400848362
Other physical details
illustrations.
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)459794
  • (OCoLC)984686903
  • (DE-B1597)9781400848362

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