Where Science Meets Imagination

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Just saying the words Star Wars evokes images of whooshing light sabers, Luke Skywalker's landspeeder racing above the sand, and epic battles between the forces of good and evil that take place in the farthest reaches of space. Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination explores how George Lucas's incredible use of science and technology may have presaged-and at times directly influenced-the future of life on Earth and beyond.

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Overview

Just saying the words Star Wars evokes images of whooshing light sabers, Luke Skywalker's landspeeder racing above the sand, and epic battles between the forces of good and evil that take place in the farthest reaches of space. Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination explores how George Lucas's incredible use of science and technology may have presaged-and at times directly influenced-the future of life on Earth and beyond.

From commercial space flight and super-speed trains that levitate by magnetism to robot servants and microscopic nanorobots that perform surgery internally, scientists inspired by Star Wars are taking fictional ideas and turning them into reality. In the next twenty years, human soldiers will be outfitted like stormtroopers, impervious to chemical weapons and equipped with superhuman endurance. Such advances, while monumental, also raise huge ethical questions. The book gives voice to the scientists and creators of the technologies whose stories describe the complexities and consequences of such advances.

Perfectly timed to coincide with the DVD release of the final film in the prequal series and to take full advantage of the 9-city exhibition as well as Star Wars's cross-generational appeal, Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination will delight both fans of the films and the technologically savvy.

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George Lucas's Star Wars films have been inspiring viewers' scientific imaginations ever since the saga began in 1977. Now, with the completion of the series, we can contemplate both its full effect on technology and the questions it raises about its uses. Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination is the official companion book to a major traveling exhibit co-produced by Lucasfilm, Ltd. and Boston's Museum of Science. With breathtaking color graphics and provocative essays, this book raises and answers questions about futuristic technologies and their implications. A must-have for all true techies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792241836
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/4/2005
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,486,446
  • Product dimensions: 9.34 (w) x 10.39 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Lucasfilm, Ltd. is one of the world's leading film and entertainment companies. Founded by George Lucas in 1971, it is a privately held, fully integrated entertainment company.

The Museum of Science, Boston, is one of the world's premier scientific institutions, with an institutional focus on hands-on engagement with science and technology.

Anthony Daniels began his acting career in 1973 on the British stage. In 1975, his exceptional miming and vocal skills caught the attention of film director George Lucas, who cast him as the golden robot C-3PO in Star Wars. Daniels went on to become the only actor to appear in all six Star Wars films and is the only human to be inducted into the Robotics Hall of Fame. He tours the planet, lecturing on Star Wars and robotics.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 12
Introduction 14
Pt. I Getting around 22
Introduction 24
Space, time, and star wars 28
Air and space vessels : a gallery 38
Making the jump to light speed 46
Maglev trains 64
Star wars vessels : a gallery 68
Visual concepts in star wars 78
Living on coruscant 86
Pt. II Roberts and people 90
Introduction 92
Artificial intelligence 96
Man, machine, robot, and cyborg 108
Implants and prosthetics : a gallery 122
Human-robot relationships 128
The Segway HT 146
Bringing a movie robot to life 152
Star wars Droids and Cyborgs : a gallery 160
Digital flesh and bones 170
Astronauts, robonauts, and the moon 178
Epilogue 192
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