By Lawrence M. Krauss
Within the bestselling The Physics of big name Trek, the popular theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss took readers on an enjoyable and eye-opening travel of the celebrity Trek universe to work out the way it stacked up opposed to the true universe. Now, responding to requests for extra in addition to to a couple of fresh fascinating discoveries in physics and astronomy, Krauss takes a provocative examine how the legislation of physics relate to notions from our pop culture -- not just superstar Trek, yet different movies, indicates, and renowned lore -- from Independence Day to celebrity Wars to The X-Files. what is the distinction among a flying saucer and a flying pretzel?Why did not the extraterrestrial beings in Independence Day need to trouble invading Earth to break it?What's new with warp drives?What's the main most probably situation for doomsday?Are ESP and telekinesis impossible?What do clairvoyance and time shuttle have in common?How may possibly quantum mechanics eventually impact the destiny of existence within the universe?
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