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What exactly "warps" when you are traveling at warp speed? What is the difference between the holodeck and a hologram? What happens when you get beamed up? Are time loops really possible, and can I kill my grandmother before I was born? Until now, fans of "Star Trek" were hard pressed to find answers to vital questions such as these. Now Lawrence M. Krauss, an internationaWhat exactly "warps" when you are traveling at warp speed? What is the difference between the holodeck and a hologram? What happens when you get beamed up? Are time loops really possible, and can I kill my grandmother before I was born? Until now, fans of "Star Trek" were hard pressed to find answers to vital questions such as these. Now Lawrence M. Krauss, an internationally known theoretical physicist and educator, has written the quintessential physics book for Trekkers and non-Trekkers alike.Anyone who has ever wondered, "Could this really happen?" will gain useful insights into the "Star Trek" universe (and, incidentally, the real universe) in this charming and accessible volume. Krauss boldly goes where "Star Trek" has gone -- and beyond. He uses the "Star Trek" future as a launching pad to discuss the forefront of modern physics. From Newton to Hawking, from Einstein to Feynman, from Kirk to Janeway, Krauss leads the reader on a voyage to the world of physics as we now know it and as it might one day be.Featuring the Top 10 biggest physics bloopers in "Star Trek," as selected by Nobel Prize-winning physicists and other dedicated Trekkers!"This book is fun, and Mr. Krauss has a nice touch with a tough subject...Readers drawn by frivolity will be treated to substance." "--New York Times Book Review""Today's science fiction is often tomorrow's science fact. The physics that underlies "Star Trek" is surely worth investigating. To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit."--Stephen Hawking (in the foreword)A...

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  • Alejandro
    2019-03-09 19:24

    Smart reading!STAR TREK TECHNOBABBLEYou have to give attention to a book when Stephen Hawking does the foreword!In this reference book, Lawrence M. Krauss, the author, engages into the area of topics that Star Trek always has been a pioneer in the media field......the presentation of science-fiction in way that you may very well think that eventually it will be possible......even more in account when you think that some of the "futuristic" technololgy presented, not only in the Original Series, but also in the spin-offs, it was already made possible thanks to the inspiration of using in the TV shows, such like automatic doors, touch screens, cell phones, tablets, hyposprays, portable computers, it's quite advisable to take a moment to study about the more ambitious technologies that they are still to be possible, but with time, resources and intelligence, I am sure that they will be possible too eventually.Therefore, here you can read about the plausibility of advances such like warp engines, transporters, phasers, holodecks, along with the study of space phenomenons that still are in the theorical level, like wormholes, subspace, time travel, etc...Star Trek isn't only a franchise to be beyond its time in areas like social rights but it has been since the beginning a beacon of inspiration of bright new minds to reach out a way to make a reality many of the futuristic gadgets to make them a nowadays common tools.Star Trek designing the future... today!

  • David
    2019-03-14 11:21

    This is a short, enjoyable read for anybody who loves the Star Trek series, as I do. The book describes how most of the concepts and technologies in Star Trek are possible but quite implausible. My favorite chapter was actually the last one, describing the things that are absolutely impossible, that one might call "bloopers".Krauss really does get to the heart of each issue related to Star Trek concepts and technologies. But, do not read this book with the intention of learning about physics. You won't learn much, because of the lop-sided approach taken in this book. There is no systematic coverage of topics in physics, leading up to the point where a reader might understand the issues. Instead, the reader is simply plumped down beside the relevant issue, which is then explained at a layman's level. It's sort of like skipping the high school and undergraduate-level physics courses, and trying to learn graduate-level concepts in a junior-high school level class.

  • Tresuiri
    2019-03-14 17:36

    As a physicist and a Star Trek fan I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I never took the fantasy parts of the television show so seriously so I never dwelt on the inconsistencies and glairing errors. The TV shows are a good get away when you want them. That said it doesn’t surprise me in the least that others have taken the series with a bit less forgiveness. Beyond being a Star Trek critic I think this book is an excellent educational resource for the layman about the basic physics involved about the requirements and constraints for real interstellar travel. And, incidentally, a little about the basics of the Stargate series too. It is too bad the author hasn’t updated his book (written in 1995). I found it particularly amusing when he was talking about the CERN particle accelerators, and mentions the new one to be built in Europe (Large Hadron Collider). It is too bad the new particle accelerator has been delayed, but in a weird way, has made for an eerie coincidence in its being ramped up now and my reading this book.

  • HBalikov
    2019-03-09 19:38

    This is a "fun" book with a sound scientific foundation. The fun is in experiencing the hard work Kraus has done to provide a foundation for the imaginative devices and phenomena that any Trekie knows intimately. If you are looking for something like Astrophysics for Trekies you may be disappointed that you won't be able to pass astrophysics 101 after reading this book. If you are looking for the basic plans for building a transporter, you too will find this book lacking.On the other hand, if you have been wondering how close the writers of Star Trek came to describing a working transporter or was there science behind how the Enterprise tracked the Crystalline Entity after it destroyed a Federation outpost, you will enjoy much of the book. I appreciate Krauss' labor of love and 3.5 stars is what I would give it.

  • Tony
    2019-03-11 16:14

    Krauss, Lawrence M. THE PHYSICS OF STAR TREK. (1995). ***. Krauss is a professor of physics and professor of Astronomy and Chairman of the Department of Physics at Cast Western Reserve University. He is also a Trekkie fan which, he discovered, is typical of many of his peers. He decided to write this book to address a list of items that the writers of the show got wrong, and what they got right in light of the knowledge of present day physics. You should also know, however, that Krauss is a cosmologist and that they as a group always veer off into their disipline even when telling fairy tales to their kids. How does the Star Trek universe stack up against the real universe? You will find this guide fascinating – although you will likely get lost along the way at several points. Krauss’ agenda includes such questions as: * What warps when you’re traveling at warp speed? * What’s the difference between the holodeck and a hologram? * What happens when you get beamed up? * What is 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’m born?You will discover the answers to these and many other fascinating questions by reading this book. There is also an introduction by Stephen Hawking.

  • Daavid (דוד)
    2019-02-27 14:17

    This book can be very interesting for someone who loves Star Trek as well as Physics. On several occasions episode titles are referenced to, and it could be interesting to pay attention to the matter dealt for that episode while also viewing it. These can also be directly navigated from within the index at the end of the book; I would certainly be doing the same.Section One deals with Inertial Dampers, Tractor Beams, Time Travel, Warp Speeds, Deflector Shields, Wormholes, and other Space-time Stuff. How they are used, its physics and possibilities. If anyone has read a certain couple of books by Michio Kaku (or any Popular Science books on Physics), these ideas would be nothing new. This was precisely the reason why it failed to fascinate me because personally I have already read much about these. For a newbie, it can strike to be extremely appealing, no doubt!Section Two deals with Transporter Beams, Warp Drives, Dilithium Crystals, Matter-Antimatter Engines, and the Holodeck. This was more interesting to read than the earlier, having comprised of subjects and ideas that fascinate me much.With transporter beams, the writer talks about the possibilities of transporting matter as information or as atoms themselves, and how could it be ever done if possible. The details of how "dematerializing" would work have been very nicely explained, along-with how much energy is required to perform the teleportation, how that can be attained, and its feasibility in real life. It also talks about the thought of how a presence of a soul has studiously been avoided in Star Trek, but that at the same time the notion of a "life force" has been embedded in its themes in various episodes.Its following chapter deals with Matter-Antimatter related problems, why matter should or is relatively lesser than antimatter in the universe, and how it can be produced and used for Warp Drives in real life perhaps in the twenty-third century for Space Travel.Section Three involved a complete chapter dealing with the possibility of various kinds of life in the universe. Its following chapter dealt with a selection of ten exotic physics possibilities including the Dark Matter, Neutron Stars, Cosmic Strings, Anyons, Other Dimensions, Quantum Measurements, Solitons, Quasars, and Neutrinos. The final chapter was based upon selection of ten errors in Star Trek.Upon reading, I felt more of a need to view more of the Trek Episodes, while also reading through a couple of their novels. Personally, I have never viewed a single episode from Deep Space Nine, Voyager and the Enterprise series and would like to do so soon. But their references were truly interesting anyway. Mr. Krauss has explained most of the ideas with good detailing and being as concise as possible for a layman's understanding of the various concepts.A 4-star rating from me, having read much of the topics in other Popular Science books before, the only fascination for me being in context with Star Trek, and a few of its relevant notions.

  • William
    2019-03-15 18:26

    This is one of my favourite popular science books of all time. Unless of course time travel one day becomes possible and I travel back in time and discover a popular science book I like better before I read this one.Of course, The Physics of Star Trek is not really about Star Trek at all, and I was puzzled to see comments from reviewers who thought it was aimed at sci fi fans, or about what physicists like to watch on TV. Krauss is simply using the much loved (and often lovingly derided) series as a way of taking a fresh look at physics, at what might be possible: a starting point for an engaging and entertaining tour of some aspects of physics and cosmology.Everybody - sci fan or otherwise - knows what a transporter beam does. And nobody can have failed to notice the pace of technological progress - we live in a world where you can send a text message to your phone and have it reply with its spacial coordinates within minutes, using two separate satellite systems. Next year's model will do even more, faster and in 3D. So it's just a matter of time until we get transporter beams, many people think. Talking robots. Warp drive. We'll go to the stars one day.Some are even affronted at the very idea that there may be limits to technological progress - "Good Technical detail, narrowminded author" wrote one Amazon UK reviewer, adding "All through the book he tells of the impossible energy requirements to accomplish many things, such as warpspeed, but they're only impossible according to current knowledge. Go back to BC times and ask their scientists about flying machines: impossible." Many argue, like creationists, that since science has sometimes been wrong and all knowledge is essentially provisional, how dare some jumped-up eminent professor of physics suggest that we cannot make up any imaginary technology we like the sound of and boldly go anywhere we damn well want in the future, in anti-gravity boots if we feel like it. Anything is possible, given time and steady progress. Dream it and wait.But some of these things are more feasible than others, and there has to be a limit. Science is not magic, it is about discovering how our universe works, and it is constrained by what actually is. What would it actually take to make, say, a transporter beam (and what would it really do?) An interstellar spacecraft? What makes it impossible today and what breakthrough would make it possible in principle? As someone who grew up loving science fiction and fully expecting to be wearing a silver suit and going to work in a hovercar by 2000, I find this fascinating and a great way of approaching physics. We know what the technology of the future should be like, because we grew up with it - so where is it?Krauss attempts to answer some of these questions.

  • Ioannis Savvas
    2019-02-27 16:12

    Μια καλή ανασκόπηση της Φυσικής με αφορμή τα λάθη στην τηλεοπτική σειρά Star Trek.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-23 13:30

    One could almost believe this book is contemporary, with the recent Star Trek reboot movie bringing Trek back into popular culture, but alas, this book is from 1995. (It would have been really interesting to see what Krauss would have done with all that black hole sloppiness in J.J. Abram's movie.) But I finally got around to reading this, partially thanks to the TBR pile and Science reading challenges. It's not good to let books sit ignored for so long!Reading this book, as with most popular science books, was an interesting experience. At one time, not so far distant, I had a really good grasp on most of the concepts explored in this book. But really, it's been years since I've thought of most of it in any sort of sustained way. So on one level, it was a light and interesting romp through some of the most profound concepts of physics, using the storytelling of the Trek universe to illustrate the implications. But on another level, I kept getting stuck, demanding my brain return to an earlier condition in which all of this was as native and easy to understand as my frivolous Facebook game strategies are now. But that state is hard to achieve when you're only getting to read the book in two-minute snatches, having to reread as much to remember where you were as you read new in any given sitting.Sigh.This book is dated and yet not. Engaging and easy one moment and mind-twisting the next. It would be very interesting to see an updated edition -- to bring into account the new movie as well as the detectors that Krauss mentions being built as he is writing that now have recently started producing interesting results. Amazon suggests there is a Kindle version revised in 2007, but the movie came out in 2009. I say another edition is due!Interesting, but I will probably be releasing into the wilds of paperbackswap, as I have plenty of other reference physics texts.

  • Ryan
    2019-02-26 18:21

    Baru kali ini saya benar-benar jatuh cinta sama fisika :) Krauss sukses membuat saya geleng-geleng kepala! Boleh jadi, inilah "kitab suci" paling lengkap buat penggemar Star Trek di seantero jagat raya, mulai dari generasi pertama Spock, Enterprise (Picard) hingga Deep Space Nine.Krauss, Doktor Fisika MIT, belum apa-apa sudah mengawali buku ini dengan kata pengantar "super-kocak" yang ditulis oleh satu dari tiga fisikawan terbesar abad ini: Stephen Hawking, yang ternyata juga penggemar berat Star Trek. Selanjutnya, silahkan anda terpana dengan segenap teori fantastis seputar peredam kejut, mesin waktu, black-hole, worm-hole, dunia multi-dimensi, teleportasi, warp, mesin materi-anti materi, dll.Fisika Star Trek adalah membenturkan hukum-hukum fisika ke dalam kekonyolan fiksi-ilmiah ala sineas pembuat naskah serial ini. Dalam bentuknya yang lain, Krauss -meminjam istilah Einstein- menantang sci-fi untuk tampil di dunia kasat mata. Serta mengubah mimpi jadi nyata.

  • Voss
    2019-03-25 13:10

    Bello davvero.Nonostante gli argomenti non siano dei più semplici, il ritmo è scorrevole, leggero e si riesce a capire quasi tutto :)L'autore ama Star Trek e la fisica e si vede :))Una gran bella lettura.

  • Andrea
    2019-03-21 13:27

    I've never seen before reading this book! I chose to watch two episodes whe I began to read it! Now I want to watch them all. Very well written and clear

  • Kent
    2019-02-24 18:10

    This is an interesting read. Krauss hits on a lot of the main science from the shows and whether those are plausible at all. It's refreshing to know that a lot of it isn't that far from possibility. Our technology is just not there yet and may not be for a long time, but it's interesting to know how these things may be put into effect. He touches on subjects like transporters, food replicators, warp-drive, anti-matter, phasers, alien life, and more. The only thing about this book is that it is over 20 years old now, so some of the physics theories may be more developed now or maybe even rebuked. Also, much of the book talks about semi-general cosmological ideas, so if you've read other pop-physics books like I have, some I had read many times before. Still worth reading, though.

  • Kevin
    2019-03-16 14:10

    I loved reading this book. It is perfect for a Trekkie who loves and appreciates science! Dr. Krauss (who we were fortunate to hear speak earlier this year) is an excellent writer and communicator of complex science to the casual "armchair" scientist. He covers many of the basic foundational technologies portrayed in the universe of Star Trek, and explains them and their implications in terms of proven laws and practices of physics and the the scientific method. A great read for even the casual Trekkie who loves science. I highly recommend this book! I am looking forward to reading Dr. Krauss's newest book "The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far: Why Are We Here?" which my daughter got signed by him when we heard him speak. He is a great communicator and teacher.

  • H.S. Rivney
    2019-03-15 13:40

    Trekkers will enjoy the scientific point of view about how the ships can/might/won't fly, transporter technology, time travel, neutron stars, dark matter, the holodecks, phasers, and assorted other Trek technobabble and props that makes science fiction fun. It's a deep read, and delves into, well, physics, and is not to be consumed in one sitting or even one weekend by the average human. Heavy in details, formulas, and facts, it's sure to change your perspective on which ever franchise you like - from TOS, TNG, VOY, ENT, or even DS9.

  • Kaelyn
    2019-03-07 14:31

    This was an absolutely fascinating read. I'm not normally into non-fiction, or even physics, but I'm glad I picked this up. Krauss explains the physics of Star Trek in a way that people with little familiarity with physics can easily understand. He also incorporates that classic Star Trek spirit of wonder as he explains and speculates. The Physics of Star Trek was an engaging read and I highly suggest it if you have the slightest interest in physics or Star Trek :)

  • Vance J.
    2019-02-24 17:17

    I am not a Classic Trekkie, but I have enjoyed the TV shows and movies. Written in 1995, this book is a bit dated, but it did provide (I think) a good review of some of the issues in the earlier series/movies. I was a bit surprised that Krauss did not include the Drake Equation when referring to the odds of other intelligent life in our Galaxy - it's pretty well-known.

  • G Flood
    2019-03-22 17:20

    As someone who is a fan of the Star Trek series, I found this book at times amusing, mesmerizing but most often, completely dazed & confused by the physics lingo. I think I will leave the physics to the amazing physicists and continue my enjoyment of the Star Trek series and movies in oblivious bliss.

  • Olivier Novel
    2019-03-11 18:20

    I like Star Trek, much more than I like Star Wars on this scientifical its basis, as Trek is clearly science fiction and Wars is pure fantasy. I also like Lawrence Krauss, he's very good as a scientific communicator, so all was well with this, and this was done 20 years ago, so the way LC talks about data seems so naive and outdated that it might as well have been written 40 years ago.

  • Michael
    2019-03-23 11:14

    This was a really interesting book for anyone who enjoys Star Trek. I have really only seen the original series so I will definitely be reading this again after checking out the other installments of the show since a lot of the discussion is from the later series. Having some background in Physics helps, but is not needed.

  • Al Eden
    2019-02-22 19:28

    A bit dated, just because technology moves so fast these days. Although it is kind of fun to try to spot the areas where it is out of date and try to bring it forward to today yourself. Still an interesting book.

  • Eugenio
    2019-03-23 16:11

    3.5 starsHard book to rate, but I rounded up since it does capture a sense of human achievement that Star Trek is all about. It does get very technical at times but the book isn't called "Trek Physics for Dummies"

  • David
    2019-03-15 13:35

    I read it about ten years ago, but I'm still thinking about it. Especially the philosophical conundrums of the transporter.

  • Ole Damgaard
    2019-03-02 18:25

    This book takes a laymans-understandable look at physics, using various Star Trek examples as a frame for exploring how things work around us. Brilliant!

  • Aldo Minari
    2019-02-22 13:29

    Simpatico divertissement pseudo-scientifico sulle intuizioni di Gene Roddenberry, il cratore di Star Trek. Per arrivare là dove nessuno è mai giunto prima.

  • Katerina
    2019-03-09 16:14

    Super interesting and eye-opening.

  • Esther
    2019-02-25 12:11

    Ik moest t lezen van mijn zus...laat ik het daar maar houden (arghhh)

  • Julie
    2019-02-23 18:36

    Reading this book only brings up one question: Did Star Trek name things after Science or did Science name things after Start Trek? hmmmmm.....

  • Michael Jennings
    2019-02-22 13:39

    Poorly structured.

  • Daniel Joseph
    2019-02-23 16:24

    very well informed but I was hoping they would expand their examples