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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    To boldly go...

    Really interesting book that investigates the feasibilty and physics behind all the speculative technology of Star Trek, written in plain English. Topics include the warp drive, the transporter and replicators, tractor beams, phasers, defense shields, possibility of encountering alien life, etc. Surprisingly, most of the techology in the series does seem plausible; the biggest hurdles being adequate energy sources and the vast, vast distances separating the stars. People who like thus book should also enjoy Prof Michio Kaku's Physics of the Impossible and Physics of the Future.

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  • Posted March 25, 2010

    The Physics of Star Trek Review

    The novel The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence M. Krauss explains many of the scientific phenomena in the famous and long-running television series, Star Trek. Fans of the series will be delighted to read about the adventures of Captain Kirk and other members of the perennial starship crew. Unfortunately, the average reader of the novel will be more than disappointed.
    Compared to other reading materials regarding complex theoretical physics, The Physics of Star Trek is easy to read. Unfortunately, if one does not have an interest for science, the book is a bore. Readers with average attention spans will quickly become disengaged with the novel. Its 251 pages are packed to the brim with information regarding complicated subjects such as wormholes, antimatter, the String Theory, dark matter, and quantum physics. While these subjects may at first be fascinating, Professor Krauss gives each subject such little time, causing fascination to be fleeting.
    While The Physics of Star Trek can be considered a valuable piece to any Trekkie's collection, most people will not be interested in this novel. It is too complex for the Everyman but too shallow for the Science Buff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2007

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    Do you like Star Trek? Do you like physics? Would you like to expand your mind to the plausible and implausible? If any of these apply to you, then you should pick up The Physics of Star Trek as soon as you get a chance. I recently read this book, and I found it fascinating, and relatively easy to read. Lawrence M. Krauss, the author, explores the futuristic elements of the Star Trek TV series and films and questions its validity throughout the book. These futuristic elements include warp speed, inertial dampers, holograms, ¿beaming¿ up, black holes, worm holes, `antimatter¿, and time loops. Among these are much, much more. Rather than picking out the impossibilities of the physical aspects of Star Trek, Krauss describes and breaks down the technology necessary to turn some of this science fiction, into fact. A foreword by Stephen Hawking is included in the book and he quotes ¿Today¿s science fiction is often tomorrow¿s science fact.¿ For example, Krauss describes how the ¿G¿s¿ in the acceleration to travel at light speed would kill a person, but suggests that if an artificial world could be created inside of the ship, the G¿s could be cancelled out, therefore making speed-of-light travel possible. This may be a stretch to think of for modern day physics, but in the future¿ who knows? The Physics of Star Trek is quite the mind-boggling novel. Krauss uses his investigations to take his readers beyond the standard thought of possibility. He examines the pure physics behind the futuristic aspects of Star Trek and explains what could be in the realm of possibility within the next century. Although I am not a very ¿Sci-Fi¿ inclined person, this book hooked me in the moment I read the Foreword. I would recommend this book to almost anyone, highschool and up.

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