eBook Exploring Science Through Science Fiction, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 146147891X
  • ISBN-13: 9781461478911
  • DDC: 791.436
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 241 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released March 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014
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Overview

The material in this book forms the basis of an interdisciplinary, college-level course, which uses science fiction film as a vehicle for exploring science concepts. Unlike traditional introductory-level courses, the science content is arranged according to major themes in science fiction, with a deliberate progression from the highly objective and discipline-specific (e.g. Reference Frames; Physics of Space Travel and Time Travel) to the very multi-disciplinary and thought-provoking (e.g. Human Teleportation; Science and Society). Over 100 references to science fiction films and television episodes are included, spanning more than 100 years of cinematic history. Some of these are conducive to calculations (solutions included).

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Editorial Board.
Science and Fiction – A Springer Series.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication Page.
Preface.
Contents.
1: Introduction: Discerning the Real, the Possible, and the Impossible.
2: What Is the Nature of Space and Time?: (The Physics of Space Travel and Time Travel).
3: What Is the Universe Made of?: (Matter, Energy, and Interactions).
4: Can a Machine Become Self-Aware?: (The Sciences of Computing and Cognition).
5: Are We Alone in the Universe?: (The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence).
6: What Does It Mean to Be Human?: (Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, and Other Considerations).
7: How Do We Solve Our Problems: (Science, Technology, and Society).
8: What Lies Ahead?: (The Future of Our Technological Society).
Appendix A: Catalog of Movies Cited.
Appendix B: Television Series Episodes Cited.
Appendix C: Youtube Videos Cited.
Appendix D: Solutions to Estimation Problems.
9: Author Biography.
Index.
Front Cover.
Editorial Board.
Science and Fiction – A Springer Series.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication Page.
Preface.
Contents.
1: Introduction: Discerning the Real, the Possible, and the Impossible.
2: What Is the Nature of Space and Time?: (The Physics of Space Travel and Time Travel).
3: What Is the Universe Made of?: (Matter, Energy, and Interactions).
4: Can a Machine Become Self-Aware?: (The Sciences of Computing and Cognition).
5: Are We Alone in the Universe?: (The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence).
6: What Does It Mean to Be Human?: (Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, and Other Considerations).
7: How Do We Solve Our Problems: (Science, Technology, and Society).
8: What Lies Ahead?: (The Future of Our Technological Society).
Appendix A: Catalog of Movies Cited.
Appendix B: Television Series Episodes Cited.
Appendix C: Youtube Videos Cited.
Appendix D: Solutions to Estimation Problems.
9: Author Biography.
Index.
Front Cover.
Editorial Board.
Science and Fiction – A Springer Series.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication Page.
Preface.
Contents.
1: Introduction: Discerning the Real, the Possible, and the Impossible.
2: What Is the Nature of Space and Time?: (The Physics of Space Travel and Time Travel).
3: What Is the Universe Made of?: (Matter, Energy, and Interactions).
4: Can a Machine Become Self-Aware?: (The Sciences of Computing and Cognition).
5: Are We Alone in the Universe?: (The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence).
6: What Does It Mean to Be Human?: (Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, and Other Considerations).
7: How Do We Solve Our Problems: (Science, Technology, and Society).
8: What Lies Ahead?: (The Future of Our Technological Society).
Appendix A: Catalog of Movies Cited.
Appendix B: Television Series Episodes Cited.
Appendix C: Youtube Videos Cited.
Appendix D: Solutions to Estimation Problems.
9: Author Biography.
Index.