Author(s): Mark Brake and Jon Chase
Discover the science behind the most popular sci-fi franchise of all timeCapturing the imagination and hearts of crowds worldwide, Star Wars is a fantastic feat of science fiction and fantasy. We marvel at the variety of creatures and technology and the mystery behind the force. But how much of the Star Wars world is rooted in reality? Could we see some of the extraordinary inventions materialize in our world?The Science of Star Wars addresses fifty topics that span the movies universe such as battle technology, alien life, space travel, etc. Youll find fascinating explorations of physics, plausibility, and more. The book addresses many unanswered, burning questions including:How long before we get a Star Wars speeder off the ground?What exactly is the Force?How could Kylo Ren stop a blaster shot in mid-air?How could we live on a gas giant like Bespin?Nature versus nurture: How does it play out in the making of Jedi?How much would it cost to build the Death Star?And much more!Written for every fan of the films, you dont need to be a Jedi or a scientist to appreciate all of Mark Brake and Jon Chases fun and informative analysis of this classic series. Prepare your mind to make the jump to light speed and find out about the facts behind one of our favorite modern epics.
"A gloriously fascinating look into that galaxy far, far away! Professor Lewis Dartnell, University of Westminster, New York Times bestselling author of The Knowledge "Using the basic principles of mathematics and science, author Mark Brake and science presenter Jon Chase have unlocked some of the secrets behind the George Lucas films, and have concluded that The Force might not be complete fantasy." Telegraph"
Mark Brake developed the world s first science and science fiction degree in 1999. He also launched the world s first astrobiology degree in 2005. He s communicated science through film, television, print, and radio on five continents, including for NASA, Seattle s Science Fiction Museum, the BBC, the Royal Institution, and Sky Movies. He was one of the founding members of NASA s Astrobiology Institute Science Communication Group. He has written more than a dozen books, including Alien Life Imagined for Cambridge University Press in 2012. Mark also tours Europe with Science of Doctor Who, Science of Star Wars, and Science of Superheroes road shows. Jon Chase is a freelance science communicator with an honors degree in aerospace engineering, and a master s degree in communicating science. After producing a science rap video for NASA about astrobiology in 2008, the Guardian identified him as the next big thing in education. Jon has worked with the BBC, the Open University, the Science Museum, the Royal Society, and the Royal Institution. He tours Europe with Science of Doctor Who, Science of Star Wars, and Science of Superheroes shows."