The Physics of Star TrekBook - 1996
A renowned theoretical physicist applies his knowledge to the unique universe of Star Trek as he answers questions about warp drives, holodecks, and transporters, among other topics. Reprint. 125,000 first printing. Tour.
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 am born?
Discover the answers to these and many other fascinating questions from a renowned physicist and dedicated Trekker.
Featuring a section on the top ten physics bloopers and blunders in Star Trek as selected by Nobel-Prize winning physicists and other devout Trekkers!
"Today's science fiction is often tomorrow's science fact. The physics that underlines Star Trek is surely worth investigating. To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit."
--From the foreword by Stephen Hawking
This book was not prepared, approved, licensed, or endorsed by any entity involved in creating or producing the Star Trek television series or films.
Explaining the intricacies of warp speed and showing the difference between a holodeck and a hologram, an introduction to the arcane world of physics uses "Star Trek" to build and frame the discussion