| The Science of Star Wars |
AVAILABLE IN THE SCIENCE SECTION OF YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE!
St. Martin's Press.; NYC;
Hardcover edition: April, 1999; 272 pp.; hardback; $22.95 U.S. $34.99 Can.
Trade paperback edition (with additional "Afterword" on midi-chlorians):
May, 2000; 288 pp; $14.95 US, $22.99 Can.
Kindle edition (with additional "Afterword" on midi-chlorians):
April, 2010; 284 pp; $7.99 US.
Nook edition (with additional "Afterword" on midi-chlorians):
April, 2010; 224 pp.; $7.99 US
EPUB edition (with additional "Afterword" on midi-chlorians):
April, 2010; $7.99 US
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The Science of Star Wars
How possible is this galaxy "far, far away"?
In this entertaining and accessible work, former NASA scientist and Star Wars fan Jeanne Cavelos explores the fascinating scientific possibilities raised by the Star Wars films and books. From A New Hope to The Phantom Menace, Cavelos examines the compelling issues underlying America's most popular science fiction series. Enlisting the aid of leading experts from today's cutting-edge scientific disciplines, Cavelos writes in a conversational, easy-to-read style that will appeal to both young science enthusiasts and the most wizened scholars.
Could the science fiction of Star Wars be the actual science of tomorrow?
Discover the answers to these and many other fascinating questions as a noted astrophysicist and Star Wars enthusiast explores The Science of Star Wars.
Jeanne Cavelos is a writer, editor, scientist, and teacher. --but first and foremost, a Star Wars fan. She first saw Star Wars at age 17, and the opening shot, in which a huge star destroyer flew endlessly out of the screen, sent her heart racing. The Star Wars films fueled Jeanne's interest in space exploration and the possibility of alien life.
Jeanne began her professional life as an astrophysicist and mathematician, teaching astronomy at Michigan State University and Cornell University and working in the Astronaut Training Division at NASA's Johnson Space Center. She is also the author of The Science of The X-Files.
"The author examines five major areas--planetary environments, aliens, droids, space ships and weapons, and the Force--in sufficient detail to satisfy even knowledgeable fans.
"While every inch a scientist, Cavelos's affection for and knowledge of Star Wars bleeds through on every page.
"Likely to have lasting appeal.
"This book is for all of us who wonder why jumping into hyperspace isn't like dusting crops on Tatooine. . . Appealing and accessible. The scientific research presented is the mainstream of current thinking in astrophysics, cosmology, robotics, genetics, and biological adaptation."
"An intriguing examination of the scientific possibilities raised by the films of George Lucas.
"If you enjoy science, Star Wars, or both, then this is a fun read."
"Learning physics has never been so easy or so much fun."
"If you've ever wondered if it's physically possible to make a light saber, if a single blast from a Death Star could destroy an entire planet, or what type of environment would spawn a Wookiee, then The Science of Star Wars is the book for you.
"Surprisingly accessible. . . intelligent.
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