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Exploring science through science fiction, Barry B. Luokkala

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Exploring science through science fiction
Title
Exploring science through science fiction
Statement of responsibility
Barry B. Luokkala
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
How does Einstein's description of space and time compare with Dr. Who? Can James Bond really escape from an armor-plated railroad car by cutting through the floor with a laser concealed in a wristwatch? What would it take to create a fully-intelligent android, such as Star Trek's Commander Data? How might we discover intelligent civilizations on other planets in the galaxy? Is human teleportation possible? Will our technological society ever reach the point at which it becomes lawful to discriminate on the basis of genetic information, as in the movie GATTACA? Exploring Science Through Science Fiction addresses these and other interesting questions, using science fiction as a springboard for discussing fundamental science concepts and cutting-edge science research. The book is designed as a primary text for a college-level course which should appeal to students in the fine arts and humanities as well as to science and engineering students. It includes references to original research papers, landmark scientific publications and technical documents, as well as a broad range of science literature at a more popular level. With over 180 references to specific scenes in 130 sci-fi movies and TV episodes, spanning over 100 years of cinematic history, it should be an enjoyable read for anyone with an interest in science and science fiction
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Luokkala, Barry B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • charts
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Science and Fiction,
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  • Science in motion pictures
  • Science fiction films
  • Science fiction television programs
  • Science in mass media
  • Literature and science
Label
Exploring science through science fiction, Barry B. Luokkala
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Note
Donated by the publisher
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
1. Introduction: Discerning the real, the possible and the impossible. The first sci-fi movie ; Exploration topic : is it safe to launch humans into space from a giant gun? ; The first literary work of science fiction ; Reference frames, revisited ; Roadmap to the rest of the book -- 2. What is the nature of space and time? (The physics of space travel and time travel). Changing perspectives through history ; Newton's laws ; Einstein and relativity ; Stephen Hawking, black holes, wormholes, and quantum gravity ; Other time travel scenarios ; Exploration topics -- 3. What is the universe made of? (Matter, energy and interactions). The standard model of particle physics ; The atomic nucleus : protons, neutrons, isotopes, and radioactivity ; Gases ; Solid-state materials ; Phase transitions ; Transparency and invisibility : optical properties of solids ; Energy and power ; Exploration topics -- 4. Can a machine become self-aware? (The sciences of computing and cognition). Computer hardware performance specifications ; Analog computers ; Digital computers ; Beyond digital computers ; Information storage ; Robotics ; Robot behavior ; Toward the creation of artificial consciousness ; Exploration topics -- 5. Are we alone in the universe? (The search for extraterrestrial intelligence). Major considerations ; Searching for ET : government agency or private industry? ; Listening for ET : What form of communication might we expect? ; Conditions necessary for intelligent life to arise ; Cinema and the science of the SETI Project ; Where might first contact occur and how will humans and aliens interact? ; Exploration topics -- 6. What does it mean to be human? (Biological sciences, biotechnology and other considerations). Bodies with replaceable parts ; Resistance to disease ; Cell structure and radiation damage ; DNA and the human genome ; Cloning ; Human teleportation : a complex, interdisciplinary problem ; Teleportation estimations ; Beyond biology ; What can we learn from an android about what it means to be human? ; Exploration topics -- 7. How do we solve our problems? (Science, technology and society). The public perception of science and scientists ; The methodology of science ; Science, pseudoscience, and nonsense ; Problems to be solved ; Exploration topics -- 8, What lies ahead? (The future of our technological society). Accurate predictions ; Coming soon : possibilities for the not-too-distant future ; Science fiction in historical context ; Visions of the future -- Appendix A: Catalog of movies cited -- Appendix B: Television series episodes cited -- Appendix C: YouTube videos cited -- Appendix D: Solutions to estimation problems
Control code
ocn869565346
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xix, 241 pages
Isbn
9781461478904
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), charts
Label
Exploring science through science fiction, Barry B. Luokkala
Note
Donated by the publisher
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
1. Introduction: Discerning the real, the possible and the impossible. The first sci-fi movie ; Exploration topic : is it safe to launch humans into space from a giant gun? ; The first literary work of science fiction ; Reference frames, revisited ; Roadmap to the rest of the book -- 2. What is the nature of space and time? (The physics of space travel and time travel). Changing perspectives through history ; Newton's laws ; Einstein and relativity ; Stephen Hawking, black holes, wormholes, and quantum gravity ; Other time travel scenarios ; Exploration topics -- 3. What is the universe made of? (Matter, energy and interactions). The standard model of particle physics ; The atomic nucleus : protons, neutrons, isotopes, and radioactivity ; Gases ; Solid-state materials ; Phase transitions ; Transparency and invisibility : optical properties of solids ; Energy and power ; Exploration topics -- 4. Can a machine become self-aware? (The sciences of computing and cognition). Computer hardware performance specifications ; Analog computers ; Digital computers ; Beyond digital computers ; Information storage ; Robotics ; Robot behavior ; Toward the creation of artificial consciousness ; Exploration topics -- 5. Are we alone in the universe? (The search for extraterrestrial intelligence). Major considerations ; Searching for ET : government agency or private industry? ; Listening for ET : What form of communication might we expect? ; Conditions necessary for intelligent life to arise ; Cinema and the science of the SETI Project ; Where might first contact occur and how will humans and aliens interact? ; Exploration topics -- 6. What does it mean to be human? (Biological sciences, biotechnology and other considerations). Bodies with replaceable parts ; Resistance to disease ; Cell structure and radiation damage ; DNA and the human genome ; Cloning ; Human teleportation : a complex, interdisciplinary problem ; Teleportation estimations ; Beyond biology ; What can we learn from an android about what it means to be human? ; Exploration topics -- 7. How do we solve our problems? (Science, technology and society). The public perception of science and scientists ; The methodology of science ; Science, pseudoscience, and nonsense ; Problems to be solved ; Exploration topics -- 8, What lies ahead? (The future of our technological society). Accurate predictions ; Coming soon : possibilities for the not-too-distant future ; Science fiction in historical context ; Visions of the future -- Appendix A: Catalog of movies cited -- Appendix B: Television series episodes cited -- Appendix C: YouTube videos cited -- Appendix D: Solutions to estimation problems
Control code
ocn869565346
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xix, 241 pages
Isbn
9781461478904
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), charts

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