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Preface TION ONE osmic Poker Game
In which the physics of inertial dampers and tractor beams paves the way for time travel, warp speed, deflector shields, wormholes, and other spacetime oddities
2. Newton Antes
3. Einstein Raises
4. Hawking Shows His Hand
5. Data Ends the Game SECTION TWO Mattet Matter Everywhere
In which the reader explores transporter beams, warp drives, dilithium crystal, matter-antimatter engines, and holodeck
6. Atoms of Bits
7. The Most Bang for Your Buck
8. Holodecks and Holograms SECTION THREE The Invisible Universe, or Things That Go Bump in the Night
In which we speak of things that may exist but are not yet seen - extraterrestial life, multiple dimensions, and an exotic zoo of other physics possibilities and impossibilities
9. The Search for Spock
10. The Menagerie of Possibilities
11. Impossibilities: The Undiscoverable Country
In this entertaining book. physics professor Lawrence Krauss looks at how the imaginary science of the Star Trek universe stacks up against the real thing. . . there are impressively clear explanations of difficult ""[and bang up-to- date] concepts in information theory quantum mechanics. particle physics, the book boldly goes where not even the show's laudable tradition of scientific evangelism has gone before.
Tom Standage, DAILY TELEGRAPH
Instructive as well as entertaining... Krauss discusses, with not too straight a face. Impulse beams, cloaking, black holes. He lists Star Trek's 10 silliest mistakes. He speculates on the possibility of alien life, touching on whether any kind of life is such an improbable phenomenon... Krauss is genial, optimistic, modest. A lot of exotic science is painlessly imparted to anyone willing to make a small investment of imagination.
Eric Horn, GUARDIAN
Lawrence Krauss explains. with no small measure of wit, the feasibility or otherwise ""[mostly otherwise] of the technologies and cosmological conundra thrown up in the various incarnations of Paramount's long-running science fiction series. Perhaps accidentally. Krauss also does a useful job in explaining some important physics, using Star Trek as a pop culture example: the physics of Newton, Einstein and Stephen Hawking all figure in the highly successful analysis.
Nit-picking over the plausibility of a fictional world sounds like a recipe for the most irritating book in print, but Krauss really pulls it off. With great good humour. he uses the Star Trek universe as a stage - setting for a voyage through the real universe... it s rare to see a physics book written in such a spirit of fun... the book does nothing to destroy the affection anyone might have for the quirky Star Trek universe... it might even make you want to watch.