Science(ish): The Peculiar Science Behind the Movies

August 27, 2019 - Comment

A Sunday Times Book of the Year A New Scientist Gift Pick “Bright, nerdy and funny! Of course I loved it.” Dara O Briain Can we resurrect dinosaurs, Jurassic Park-style? Are we living in The Matrix’s digital simulation? Do aliens with acid blood exist somewhere in the universe? Will we ever go back and visit

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A Sunday Times Book of the Year
A New Scientist Gift Pick

“Bright, nerdy and funny! Of course I loved it.” Dara O Briain

Can we resurrect dinosaurs, Jurassic Park-style? Are we living in The Matrix’s digital simulation? Do aliens with acid blood exist somewhere in the universe? Will we ever go back and visit 1955? And just why were the original Planet of the Ape movies so terrible?

In Science(ish), Rick Edwards and Dr Michael Brooks confront all the questions that your favourite movies provoke. Inspired by their award-winning podcast, this popular (hopefully) science (definitely) book dedicates each chapter to a different sci-fi classic, and wittily explores the fascinating issues that arise.

Covering movies from 28 Days Later to Ex Machina, this is a joyous ride through astrophysics, neuroscience, psychology, botany, artificial intelligence, evolution, and plenty more subjects you’ve always wanted to grasp. Now’s your chance: stylishly designed and illustrated throughout, Science(ish) is the perfect gift for every curious mind.

Comments

Anonymous says:

a great intelligent read! I loved this book! Funny, well written science to go alongside your favourite sci-fi films! And gives you plenty of things to talk about with your friends too! Are we living in a simulation? Are time cops stopping us from time travelling? Can we edit our DNA and does it do what we think it does? Is AI going to wipe us all out?I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants to find out the answers to these questions!

Anonymous says:

Light reading, quite nice if you can overlook writers’ attempts to be “funny” As a concept the book works; taking the plotlines from various movies and evaluating the science (or lack of) behind each of them. The science part seems mostly correct, though it’s nothing particularly new or challenging.The only issue I have with the book is where it tries to be “funny”, featuring numerous conversation snippets between the authors. If you enjoy “bantz” then you’ll like it. I don’t and so didn’t. It was a little bit embarrassing actually.However, these “asides”…

Anonymous says:

Clever , concise and entertaining Clever, concise and entertaining, this book based on the podcast of the same name, takes popular science fiction films and looks at the real life science behind them. The science is clearly explained in an entertaining and easy to understand manner with a touch of humour.

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