Wizards, aliens, and starships : physics and math in fantasy and science fiction / Charles L. Adler.

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Published: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2014]
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Table of Contents:
  • Playing the game
  • Part I. Potter physics. Harry Potter and the great conservation laws
  • Why Hogwarts is so dark
  • Fantastic beasts and how to disprove them
  • Part II. Space travel. Why computers get better and cars can't (much)
  • Vacations in space
  • Space colonies
  • The space elevator
  • Manned interplanetary travel
  • Advanced propulsion systems
  • Speculative propulsion systems
  • Interstellar travel and relativity
  • Faster-than-light travel and time travel
  • Part III. Worlds and Aliens. Designing a habitable planet
  • The scientific search for spock
  • The mathematics of talking with aliens
  • Part IV. Year googol. The short-term survival of humanity
  • World-building
  • Dyson spheres and ringworlds
  • Advanced civilizations and the Kardashev scale
  • A googol years.