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The Physics of Star Trek
The Physics of Star Trek
Author: Lawrence M. Krauss
What warps when you're traveling at warp speed? — What's the difference between a holodeck and a hologram? — What happens when you get beamed up? — What's the difference between a wormhole and a black hole? — What is antimatter, and why does the Enterprise need it? — Are time loops really possible, and can I kill my grandmother before I a...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780060977108
ISBN-10: 0060977108
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 208
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 20 ratings
Publisher: Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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thereadingman avatar reviewed The Physics of Star Trek on + 4 more book reviews
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Ok, at first glance I was excited to be able to read this book. At last! Someone with credentials will explain how the Star Trek 'toys' COULD work!

Alas, this book is, in my opinion, a standard physics lesson, with some loose references to Star Trek thrown in. Interesting in it's own right, but not the book I thought it would be, in fact, Krauss spends a lot of the book telling us why the things in Star Trek CANNOT work.

Mr. Krauss has apparently not heard of the Science Fiction adage, "Willing Suspension of Disbelief'.

I really do not care if Star Trek's goodies can work in our current understanding of physics. That science is constantly changing - at one time everybody who was anybody thought the earth, the sun, the moon and the stars were all contained within crystalline spheres and that the earth was the center of all this and everything revolved around it - and so who is to say that in the next 200-300 years our understanding of physics won't have changed enough to allow phasers, transporters and all the rest to exist.

Mr. Krauss' main argument for the impossibility of Warp Drive was the power requirement. Again, who is to say that in 200-300 years, we won't have found a better way to produce power to achieve warp drive.

If you're looking for a physics lesson, this is your book. Otherwise... pass.
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This is a fun book to read if you are a serious trekkie