By Lawrence M. Krauss
Within the bestselling The Physics of big name Trek, the well known theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss took readers on an exciting and eye-opening travel of the superstar Trek universe to determine the way it stacked up opposed to the genuine universe. Now, responding to requests for extra in addition to to a few contemporary intriguing discoveries in physics and astronomy, Krauss takes a provocative examine how the legislation of physics relate to notions from our pop culture -- not just famous person Trek, yet different movies, exhibits, and renowned lore -- from Independence Day to celebrity Wars to The X-Files. what is the distinction among a flying saucer and a flying pretzel?Why did not the extraterrestrial beings in Independence Day need to trouble invading Earth to break it?What's new with warp drives?What's the main most likely state of affairs for doomsday?Are ESP and telekinesis impossible?What do clairvoyance and time go back and forth have in common?How could quantum mechanics finally have an effect on the destiny of existence within the universe?
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The speed with which a rocket is propelled forward depends on three factors: the speed at which the propellant leaves the back end, the mass of the expelled propellant, and the mass of the rocket and the fuel remaining on board. Thus, for example, an inflated balloon that is not tied off will fly forward if I let it go, because it expels air quickly out the back. If the balloon were not so light—say, if it were made of concrete—it wouldn't go anywhere. Similarly, if the balloon is not inflated very much, so that the walls of the balloon are hardly stretched and the air is expelled out the back very slowly, it won't go anywhere.
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Beyond Star Trek: From Alien Invasions to the End of Time by Lawrence M. Krauss