Science in Popular Culture: A Reference Guide

Science in Popular Culture: A Reference Guide

by A. Bowdoin Van Riper, A. Van Riper
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313318220

ISBN-13: 9780313318221

Pub. Date: 05/30/2002

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Spaceships travel through time at lightspeed, piloted by human clones and talking animals. Serious injuries are healed with the wave of a medical gizmo. The media makes it all look easy. Can scientists hope to accomplish such amazing feats in the real world, or are they merely flights of fancy? This book is a fun look at what can, and can't, be achieved with

Overview

Spaceships travel through time at lightspeed, piloted by human clones and talking animals. Serious injuries are healed with the wave of a medical gizmo. The media makes it all look easy. Can scientists hope to accomplish such amazing feats in the real world, or are they merely flights of fancy? This book is a fun look at what can, and can't, be achieved with current technology in today's laboratory experiments.

Fans of the Jetsons, Star Trek, and Star Wars will learn the facts behind the fiction through entires that describe the scientific inventions and procedures on the screen, and how they differ from the reality. Van Riper shows us who innovators like Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, and Isaac Newton really were before they were mythologized. He discusses how animals such as chimpanzees, dolphins, and elephants are portrayed in books and films, and what we really know about animal intelligence. This book lifts the curtain on science fiction, revealing how and where scientific laws have been discarded for the sake of a good plot.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313318221
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Conventions Used in this Book

Introduction

Entries

Acceleration

Action-Reaction, Law of

Alternate Worlds

Androids

Atomic Energy

Chimpanzees

Clones

Comets

Computers

Cryonics

Cyborgs

Darwin, Charles

Death Rays

Dinosaurs

Dolphins

Dreams

Earthquakes

Eclipses

Einstein, Albert

Electricity

Elephants

Epidemics

Evolution

Evolution, Convergent

Evolution, Human

Experiments

Experiments on Self

Extinction

Flying Cars

Food Pills

Franklin, Benjamin

Galileo

Genes

Genetic Engineering

Gorillas

Gravity

Houses, Smart

Ideas, Resistance to

Inertia

Insects

Insects, Giant

Intelligence, Animal

Intelligence, Artificial

Intelligence, Human

Life, Extraterrestrial

Life, Origin of

Lightning

Longevity

Magnetism

Mars

Matter Transmission

Meteorites

Mind Control

Miniaturization

Miracle Drugs

Moon

Mutations

Newton, Isaac

Organ Transplants

Prehistoric Humans

Prehistoric Time

Psychic Powers

Race

Radiation

Relativity

Religion and Science

Reproduction

Robots

Sharks

Space Travel, Interplanetary

Space Travel, Interstellar

Speed of Light

Speed of Sound

Superhumans

Theory

Time Travel

UFOs

Vacuum

Venus

Volcanoes

Whales

General Bibliography

Index

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