Science of Star Wars: An Astrophysicist's Independent Examination of Space Travel, Aliens, Planets and Robots as Portrayed in the Star Wars Films and Books

Science of Star Wars: An Astrophysicist's Independent Examination of Space Travel, Aliens, Planets and Robots as Portrayed in the Star Wars Films and Books

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How possible is this galaxy "far, far away"?

In this entertaining and informative work, former NASA scientist and Star Wars fan Jeanne Cavelos explores the scientific possibilities and questions raised by the Star Wars films and books. From Star Wars: A New Hope to The Phantom Menace, Cavelos leaves no stone unturned in her attempt to question the basic scientific principles underlying the technology of America's most popular science fiction series. Enlisting the aid of leading experts from today's cutting-edge scientific disciplines, Cavelos writes in an accessible, easy-to-read style that will appeal to both young science enthusiasts and the most wizened scholars.

This is science at its best. Here you'll learn: the principles of quantum physics as exemplified by the Millennium Falcon; the latest technological advances in the field of robotics; how close we are to creating our own R2-D2 — and C-3PO — like robots; Einstein's theory of relativity and how it affects space travel in the films; all about wormholes, black holes, hyper drive, and so many other mind-blowing scientific facts. The perfect gift for the budding young scientist, science enthusiasts everywhere, and all Star Wars fans, The Science of Star Wars is a fantastic book that even Yoda would love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736645157
Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/1999
Edition description: Unabridged

About the Author

Jeanne Cavelos is a writer, editor, teacher and former NASA scientist. She began her professional life as an astrophysicist and mathematician and now teaches full time.

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The Science of Star Wars: An Astrophysicist's Independent Examination of Space Travel, Aliens, Planets, and Robots as Portrayed in the Star Wars Films 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
ZoharLaor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am not a huge, or even big Star Wars fan (heck, I didn't even like the first one), but I loved this book. A great concept, very well done. I could not put it down.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This woman is obsessed with Star Wars. I mean, seriously, beyond anyone I've ever known, obsessed with Star Wars. It's not obvious right at first, although on the flyleaf it told about how the author decided to become an astronomer after watching Star Wars for the first time. But as I was reading the book, I realized this was a whole different magnitude of fandom. She has obviously watched the movies hundred of times, and read every single book in all the series, at least once. But the reali giveaway was when she referred to Jar Jar Binks as "a loveable goofball." OK, that is just not normal.But about the book - it wasn't quite what I expected either. It takes the whole Star Wars thing so seriously, and tries to seriously account for every aspect of the movie - the planets, the lifeforms, and so on. There wasn't enough tongue in cheek for me to be able to pay attention to the science. Only recommended for real Star Wars geeks.
Jay_S More than 1 year ago
The Science of Star Wars by Jeanne Cavelos is a good book about everything star wars. The average star wars fan will find this book very interesting if they want to learn more about star wars and that's what makes this book good. However, some parts of the book get a little boring and its kinda sad how she spends most of the book disproving everything in the movie. Other then that the book was pretty good. 
Olivia_L More than 1 year ago
Overall, this book was really interesting to read through. although it was slow at some points, I really enjoyed the connections the author made with real life.  After reading the novel, I was left slightly depressed at the way the author made it seem so impossible for anything in Star Wars to ever happen in real life. Being a huge Star Wars fan, that was a real mood killer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel was very interesting! I am a fan of Star of Wars and found this book to be very entertaining as well as very informative. This book covers every aspect of Star Wars and she explains every concept very well. My favorite part was, the chapter about aliens. The author talked about the Wookies and Jar- Jar Binks. If you love Star Wars and want to learn more about it, I totally recommend this book.  (Kayla S)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the science of Star Wars, Jeanne Cavelos, is a very interesting read. it was very factual and full of scientific laws and theories about how the fiction of Star Wars could be the actual science of tomorrow. Jeanne Cavelos fascination with Star Wars inspired her to question the scientific probability of Star Wars. She questions the possibility of alien life, the likelihood of developing intelligent droids, traveling at the speed of light, and if "the force" could actually exist, to name a few. her analysis examines how modern science compares to Star Wars technology. She used the expertise of physicists and scientists to research the possibility of making parts of Star Wars a reality. Her comparison of Einstein's theories of relativity, to light speed travel, questions whether this could really ever happen, but also makes us think about that maybe it could. Her use of physicist's research and opinions to try and make scientific sense out of "the force" will leave you wondering if it can even exist. She tries to explain that this phenomenon does not make make any scientific sense and seems impossible but also offers hope through the quantum theory that maybe everything in the universe is interconnected and it can. throughout the book she challenges us to challenge science to make sense out of some of the things in Star Wars showed us. I found the book to be very interesting because I never thought of Star Wars in the scientific sense. I would recommend this book to readers who are interested in the laws of science, and also to those who are huge Star Wars fans. (kyle m) 
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Outstanding More than 1 year ago
The novel The Science of Star Wars a very intriguing novel and it grabs the reader’s attention very well. Overall, this novel is very interesting on a scale of one to ten I give this novel and eight because it is that great. The book is the best book that I have read in any of my science classes and maybe in any of my classes. Although I read this for a project, I felt as I was reading for fun over the summer because it was just that good. I recommend reading this novel if you like reading about planets, aliens, and the jedi, the planets, the drones, and the wookiees in Star Wars. This book can be read by kids of all ages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But does it mention any of the prequel species such as Nautolans? Because I've been trying to find out if a sentient amphibian could exist, but all my science teacher could give me was a theological answer... That being said, I WANT THIS.
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Kacy England More than 1 year ago
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Lauren Harshman More than 1 year ago
this is all bound to happen! i swear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Paige Scibilia More than 1 year ago
I have seen the overveiw I want that book BAD.
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pccoder More than 1 year ago
I guess considering the title, it shouldn't surprise me that the author made so many references to Star Wars in this book. I didn't feel like I really learned anything new, but it was still interesting to hear the author describe the parallels between science and science fiction.
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Bmac68 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book a lot. Well written seems very well done. Good science without being to complex. If you like science and science fiction this is a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i liked this book very intreresting never looked at a book or even star wars in that perspective before. or even basic science. do recommend. very interesting any one should read this book even if they dont like star wars. it talks about all perspectives of star wars and the realism of those sorts of planets or earth like planets, intellegent beings, and other things on star wars expecialy the force. READ