- Tapa blanda: 280 páginas
- Editor: Basic Books; Edición: [Rev (10 de julio de 2007)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0465002048
- ISBN-13: 978-0465002047
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Washington Post "The essential tubeside companion for the fans of the venerable Star Trek series." New York Times Book Review "This book is fun...Krauss is always enlightening." St. Petersburg Times "A fascinating way to learn more about physics." Cleveland Plain Dealer "One of the year's best gifts for a science-fiction fan." Tampa Tribune "The Physics of Star Trek is a fun, readable little book by an eminent physicist that boldly goes where few serious scientists have ever gone before."
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What warps when you're traveling at warp speed? What is the difference between a wormhole and a black hole? Are time loops really possible, and can I kill my grandmother before I am born? Anyone who has ever wondered could this really happen?" will gain useful insights into the Star Trek universe (and, incidentally, the real world of physics) in this charming and accessible guide. Lawrence M. Krauss boldly goes where Star Trek has gone-and beyond. From Newton to Hawking, from Einstein to Feynman, from Kirk to Picard, Krauss leads readers on a voyage to the world of physics as we now know it and as it might one day be.Ver Descripción del producto
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Yet as Krauss points out, that does not stop discussion of the latest ‘Trek’ over coffee the following day, such as this:
‘ By the same token, not just light but all massless radiation must travel at the speed of light. This means that the many types of beings of “pure energy” encountered by the Enterprise, and later by the Voyager, would have difficulty existing as shown. In the first place, they wouldn’t be able to sit still. Light cannot be slowed down, let alone stopped in empty space. ‘
Krauss, Lawrence M.. The Physics of Star Trek (p. 29). Basic Books. Kindle Edition.
So, those Zetarians or Dal’Rok would have correspondingly slowed senses of time in comparison to ours. He gives credit to the writers for those concepts they do right, and mentions where our current theories could support such plot devices.
This volume must be read by all scify buffs. 5 Stars.
Unfortunately, when reading Krauss' defining contribution to pop culture science, one can't help but picture the Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons attempting to correct writers on continuity within the Radioactive Man mythology. Instead of focusing on what Star Trek got right, and how Star Trek has inspired science and the appreciation of science, Krauss is more apt to focus on the negatives. Unlike science writers such as Michio Kaku who look at the science fiction and dare to dream about how such things could be done given our knowledge of the potential trajectory of science today, Krauss boxes himself in and shoots down almost every piece of Star Trek technology based on the economics of energy. Although one can appreciate the pragmatism of looking at energy costs, Krauss doesn't dare to dream of advances in energy technology or physics that could make this possible. He walks a fine line between pragmatism and pessimism, and more often than not, falls over that edge.
It's interesting to think that a man who would rather send robots to space than men would pursue writing a book about Star Trek, but his very hesitancy to support a manned space mission carries some of the same personality that is apparent throughout his book. One could assume that the negativity found within its pages is highly influenced by his personality rather than solely the science.
Although a fun read (and the final chapter discussing science bloopers is very entertaining due to its light-hearted jabbing - the only chapter that doesn't come across as a bit condescending), the book suffers from being light on actual Star Trek information (it simply uses Star Trek to begin a lengthy talking point of in-depth physics), and lacks the enthusiasm and forward-thinking that has made physicists such as Michio Kaku and Brian Greene so popular. It is also unfortunate that a reader today will probably see this book as a rehash of topics that have been covered better in Science Channel programs such as Through the Wormhole and Sci Fi Science, and PBS series' such as Fabric of the Cosmos. Just keep in mind that the original edition of this book not only pre-dates those shows, but helped set the table for them.