The Science of Harry Potter: How Magic Really Works

The Science of Harry Potter: How Magic Really Works

by Roger Highfield
     
 

ISBN-10: 0670031534

ISBN-13: 9780670031535

Pub. Date: 09/11/2002

Publisher: Viking Adult

Can Fluffy the three-headed dog be explained by advances in molecular biology? Could the discovery of cosmic "gravity-shielding effects" unlock the secret to the Nimbus 2000 broomstick's ability to fly? Is the griffin really none other than the dinosaur Protoceratops? Roger Highfield, author of the critically acclaimed The Physics of Christmas, explores the…  See more details below

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Can Fluffy the three-headed dog be explained by advances in molecular biology? Could the discovery of cosmic "gravity-shielding effects" unlock the secret to the Nimbus 2000 broomstick's ability to fly? Is the griffin really none other than the dinosaur Protoceratops? Roger Highfield, author of the critically acclaimed The Physics of Christmas, explores the fascinating links between magic and science to reveal that much of what strikes us as supremely strange in the Potter books can actually be explained by the conjurings of the scientific mind. This is the perfect guide for parents who want to teach their children science through the adventures of their favorite hero, as well as for the millions of adult fans of the series intrigued by the factual foundations of its marvels and mysteries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670031535
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Publication date:
09/11/2002
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Science of Magicxv
Part I
1.Broomsticks, Time Travel and Splincbing3
2.How to Play Quidditch Without Leaving the Ground24
3.The Sorting hat, Invisibility Cloak and Other Spellbinding Apparel39
4.The Mathematics of Evil51
5.Owls, Snails and Skrewts66
6.Magizoology85
7.Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans112
Part II
Foreword125
8.Stars, Mystic Chickens and Superstitious Pigeons127
9.The Greatest Wizard146
10.There Be Dragons. Really173
11.The Potions Master194
12.The Origins of Witchcraft216
13.The Philosopher's Stone242
14.Belief, Superstition and Magic262
15.The Magic of Science279
References289
Glossary of Muggle Science, Potter Magic, Oddments and Tweaks297
Index315

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