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Computers Of Star Trek
     

Computers Of Star Trek

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by Lois H. Gresh, Robert Weinberg
 

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ISBN-10: 046501299X

ISBN-13: 9780465012992

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: Basic Books

The depiction of computers on the various "Star Trek" series has ranged from lame to breathtakingly imaginative. This book covers the gamut, and makes lucid and entertaining comparison of these fictional computers with those that now exist or are likely to inhabit our future. Throughout its history, "Star Trek" has been an accurate reflection of contemporary ideas

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The depiction of computers on the various "Star Trek" series has ranged from lame to breathtakingly imaginative. This book covers the gamut, and makes lucid and entertaining comparison of these fictional computers with those that now exist or are likely to inhabit our future. Throughout its history, "Star Trek" has been an accurate reflection of contemporary ideas about computers and their role in our lives. Affectionately but without illusions, The Computers of Star Trek shows how those ideas compare with what we now know we can and will do with computers.

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ISBN-13:
9780465012992
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.62(d)

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Computers of Star Trek 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This is a very good book. The authors do a great job of comparing current level of computer technology to the kind of technology that is presented on Star Trek. The only criticism that I must mention regarding this book is the authors appear quite confident in claiming that our current level of computer technology is even greater than the technology of the Star Trek computers. I do not believe that to be an entirely accurate statement. While I do take well their point that there are computers today that are even smaller than some of the terminal we see in Star Trek, the series does portray a technology that we don't have. There have been episodes in Star Trek where some of the computer technology presented is considerably superior to ours. We are far from being able to create holodecks with that kind of sophistication. Even if Star Trek depicts a somewhat inaccurate technology when it comes to computers, it is still significantly superior to ours. In order to advance our computer technology to that level, new laws of physics have to be discovered. Perhaps the theory does exist on how to create those powerful super quantum computers, but we lack the necessary knowledge of Quantum Physics to be able to carry it out. Maybe in 10-20 years. Other than that, the book is excellent and highly informative, even for the expert reader. I would recommend this book to anyone.