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Beyond Star Trek: From Alien Invasions to the End of Time [Format Kindle]

Lawrence 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?

Biographie de l'auteur

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 scientific articles. He is the recipient of several international awards for his work, including the Presidential Investigator Award, given by President Reagan in 1986. He lectures extensively to both lay and professional audiences and frequently appears on radio and television.


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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 212 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0060977574
  • Editeur : HarperCollins e-books; Édition : Reprint (5 avril 2011)
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En tant que fan de science-fiction à vie et un bien-scolarisés dans la science, je jouis les histoires tout en reconnaissant les trous dans les aspects scientifiques. Dans ce livre, Krauss fait un excellent travail d'expliquer les réalités scientifiques dans le cadre de certaines des merveilles que nous voyons sur l'écran. Star Trek, dans toutes ses manifestations, est l'objectif principal. En outre, il traite de la "X-Files" émission de télévision et le film "Independence Day".
Un des points intéressants concerne les navires étrangers dans "Independence Day". Le vaisseau-mère était si massive Que sa seule présence aurait eu un effet significatif sur la rotation de la Terre et de son orbite autour du soleil. Cela aurait causé le changement climatique dramatique, qui par lui-même auraient pu vaincre la race humaine.
Aussi Krauss explore le potentiel de l'ESP et la télékinésie sur la base de notre compréhension actuelle de la physique. Alors qu'il reconnaît que nous ne savons presque certainement pas toutes les forces qui opèrent dans l'univers, il utilise la conservation de l'énergie de prédire comment puissante force motrice pour l'ESP devrait être. Il met en avant des arguments convaincants Que l'énergie dépensée dans l'exercice octobre de telles actions est assez grand qu'il ne pouvait pas échapper à la détection. Ceci est un argument fort contre ESP, car cela signifie que le seul argument en faveur est la revendication de l'existence d'un Québec de la force ne peut pas être détecté par notre instrumentation actuelle.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Believe the title 25 juin 2000
Par David Wintheiser - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It seems an immutable law of SF that sequels don't live up to the original work. Fortunately for Dr. Krauss, Star Trek proved an exception to that rule, and his own sequel borrows some of that magic, succeeding both on its own and in comparison to "The Physics of Star Trek".
That being said, the book's title is significant. This is not a book about Star Trek, or even a book about SF in popular culture, but a book about science. The SF is there, but mainly as a springboard to discuss issues in physics, astronomy, and other sciences. And the issues are fascinating: Dr. Krauss explores the theoretical underpinnings of starship propulsion, ESP, and inter-species mating, all with the same careful, humorous style that characterized his first book. And as a bonus, you get one of the best explanations of the principles of quantum mechanics, translated into layman's terms, that I've ever read.
But above all, believe the title. If you're looking for a catalog of science errors made by the writers of SF TV and movies, pick up one of the 'Nitpicker's Guides' assembled by Phil Farrand. If you want extra background material about the fictional worlds of Star Trek, the X- Files, or what-have-you, just browse through the SF section of your local bookstore (or Amazon)--the words are out there. But if you want a solid, entertaining look at the way things work on the real Planet Earth, then pick up this book.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not as good as the original 14 octobre 2003
Par Giant Panda - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book expands on the theme of the "Physics of Star Trek": namely drawing upon the science of today to ponder the validity and feasibility of the sci-fi science. Like its predecessor though somewhat to a lesser extent, this book suffers from a lack of vision by adhering to today's understanding of science (see my review for that book). The end result is still a readable and nice introduction to important questions in modern physics using science fiction as an example.
I found this book somewhat less interesting than its predecessor. For one thing there is some repetition with "The Physics of Star Trek". Further, the most interesting issues have already been addressed in the earlier book, leaving the crumbs to this one. So, if you have read the first book, you might not be as excited by this one. Nevertheless it is still an enjoyable read.
A word of caution, despite the "Star Trek" in the title, there is very little Star Trek in this book. Instead, the author expands the comparison to cover other cinematic shows like "X-files" or "Independence Day" (the "Beyond" part of the title). While this is OK and does not diminish the interest of the book, pure Star Trek fans who buy this book expecting to read about Star Trek will be disappointed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 His convincing arguments against ESP, time travel and aliens visitations are based on reality 10 novembre 2006
Par Charles Ashbacher - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a lifelong science fiction fan and one well-schooled in science, I enjoy the stories while acknowledging the holes in the scientific aspects. In this book, Krauss does an excellent job of explaining the scientific realities in the context of some of the wonders we see on the screen. Star Trek, in all of its many manifestations, is the primary focus. He also discusses the "X-files" television show and the movie "Independence Day."

One of the interesting points concerns the alien ships in "Independence Day." The mother ship was so massive that its mere presence would have had a significant affect on the rotation of the Earth and its orbit around the sun. This would have caused a dramatic climate change, which all by itself could have defeated the human race.

Krauss also explores the potential for ESP and telekinesis based on our current understanding of physics. While he acknowledges that we almost certainly do not know of all the forces operating in the universe, he uses the conservation of energy to predict how powerful the motive force for ESP would have to be. He puts forward convincing arguments that the energy expended in carrying out such actions is large enough that it could not escape detection. This is a strong argument against ESP, because that means the only argument in favor is to claim the existence of a force that cannot be detected by our current instrumentation. That is a very difficult argument to make, but it is an even more difficult one to refute.

This is one of those books that I started one afternoon and finished the next day, reading nothing else in between. As Carl Sagan used to say, "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." If we assume that the laws of physics are universal and we understand them to a high level of accuracy, then his arguments are overwhelmingly convincing.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A really good book! 19 novembre 1999
Par Dan Anderson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This was an excellent book. It gives a good explanation on some of the more exciting areas of physics, without needing to take a course in physics or needing to understand all the math it would (normally) involve. I highly recommend it!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Beyond Star Trek doesn't go far enough 24 octobre 1998
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I read Krauss' previous work "The Physics of Star Trek" which was very enlightning and held my interest. It was written from a layman's point of view and stuck to the task he set out to accomplish which was to show how the things we see in Star Trek could or could not happen.
But in this work, Krauss goes farther to tackle discussions of the realities of physics when applied to components from other Sci-Fi story lines. In my opinion, this work falls short in its task of disprooving many of these components. His extensive discussions of ESP and of faster than light travel tend to become narrowly focused on assumptions that he disproved at the onset. Many of his discussions never deviate from one possible explanation and he seems to dismiss entirely discussions of possible unknowns that may make other explanations possible. I believe that he's taken on too much at once in this latest work.
But on the plus side, his writing is good and his arguments are more or less sound and they progress well. His philosophical thoughts (at albeit rare times throughout the book) on science's bigger questions I found to be refreshing. And staying true to Sci-Fi fans everywhere he seems to operate on the assumption that anything could be possible while sticking to his classical physics training that dictates scientific methodologies and study.
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