Fringe Science: Parallel Universes, White Tulips, and Mad Scientists (Anglais) Broché – 15 septembre 2011
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Fringe has a lot going on - on many levels. No matter if an episode if focusing on the past, the present, interpersonal relationships or the alternate universe, science always comes into play. Even in the most outlandish of episodes is based in scientific possibility if not probability. Fringe Science looks deeper at the science involved in the show and though multiple essays examines aspects of the show.
I love when books like this manage to educate through pop culture. Taking a closer look at Fringe using examples and scenes from the show, the essayists teach the reader about science fiction as a genre, diseases, memory and the possibility of time travel among other topics. My one complaint is about the essay entitled "Parallel Universes." Unlike the rest of the essays in Fringe Science, Parallel Universes was all science, devoid of even the slightest Fringe reference. While any fan of the show can read this essay and tie it to the show in their own way, the essays are more entertaining and effective when we know exactly how the author is relating the topic.
Some complicated concepts are discussed in the book, but unscientific readers won't be lost. For the most part, ideas and theories are explained clearly and fully, on a basic level. Not only will the book educate the reader about some less often discussed scientific theories, but it will also help fans better understand the possibilities of certain fringe events when viewing the show. Fringe Science is wonderful and a must read for any Fringe fan.
For those who like to go a step farther and see just where the science meets the fringe, Fringe Science: Parallel Universes, White Tulips, and Mad Scientists offers up some good reads. This collection of essays on Fringe range in theme from the Golden Age sci fi roots and the TV antecedents of the show to the physics of parallel universes, the progress of neurotechnology, and Walter's psychedelic proclivities. The essays range from light-hearted to somewhat heady, such as Max Tegmark's "Parallel Universes," which discusses the theme without any reference to show. There's even a whole essay, entitled "Moo," dedicated to Gene the cow. The best entries here manage to say something about the "real world" and about the show, showing us how the liberties taken with space and time have their purpose, and also how the realities behind these ideas may be less spectacular yet remain just as world-changing. The book, like the show, reminds us that we live in a world where the impossible keeps being challenged.
Reading it now, at the end of the series, there are many issues from the final two seasons, which take very different directions from the first three while also continuing and revisiting the cases and ideas from before, which are not discussed (the book was published in 2011). The wide range of topics may also mean that some essays will be more engaging than others, but with titles like "Fringe Double Blinded Me With Science" and "Of White Tulips and Wormholes," I definitely enjoyed myself.