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The Science of James Bond The Super-Villains, Tech, and Spy-Craft Behind the Film and Fiction

The Science of James Bond The Super-Villains, Tech, and Spy-Craft Behind the Film and Fiction

Author: Mark Brake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2020

Spy-Fi Culture with a License to Kill From Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, James Bond is the highest-grossing movie franchise of all time. Out-grossing Star Wars, Harry Potter, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the world's most iconic and international secret agent has a shelf life of almost six decades, from Dr. No to Spectre. As nuclear missile threats are replaced by a series of subtler threats in a globalized and digital world, Bond is with us still. In The Science of James Bond, we recognize the Bond franchise as a unique genre: spy-fi. A genre of film and fiction that fuses spy fiction with science fiction. We look at Bond's obsessions with super-villains, the future, and world domination or destruction. And we take a peek under the hood of trends in science and tech, often in the form of gadgets and spy devices in chapters such as: Goldfinger: Man Has Achieved Miracles in All Fields but Crime! You Only Live Twice: The Race to Conquer Space Live and Let Die: Full Throttle: Bond and the Car Skyfall: The Science of Cyberterrorism And more! This is the only James Bond companion that looks at the film and fiction in such a spy-fi way, taking in weapon wizards, the chemistry of death, threads of nuclear paranoia, and Bond baddies' obsession with the master race!

Science of Science Fiction

Science of Science Fiction

Author: Mark Brake Format: eBook Release Date: 09/10/2018

We are the first generation to live in a science fiction world.Media headlines declare this the age of automation. The TV talks about the coming revolution of the robot, tweets tell tales of jets that will ferry travelers to the edge of space, and social media reports that the first human to live for a thousand years has already been born. The science we do, the movies we watch, and the culture we consume is the stuff of fiction that became fact, the future imagined in our past-the future we now inhabit.The Science of Science Fiction is the story of how science fiction shaped our world. No longer a subculture, science fiction has moved into the mainstream with the advent of the information age it helped realize. Explore how science fiction has driven science, with topics that include:Guardians of the Galaxy: Is Space Full of Extraterrestrials?Jacking In: Will the Future Be Like Ready Player One?Mad Max: Is Society Running down into Chaos?The Internet: Will Humans Tire of Mere Reality?Blade Runner 2049: When Will We Engineer Human Lookalikes?And many more!This book will open your eyes to the way science fiction helped us dream of things to come, forced us to explore the nature and limits of our own reality, and aided us in building the future we now inhabit.

The Science of Science Fiction The Influence of Film and Fiction on the Science and Culture of Our Times

The Science of Science Fiction The Influence of Film and Fiction on the Science and Culture of Our Times

Author: Mark Brake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2018

Let Mark Brake open your eyes to how science fiction helped us dream of things to come and building the future we inhabit-from Star Trek to The Martian, from Back to the Future to Guardians of the Galaxy from 2001: A Space Odyssey to The Avengers. Media headlines declare this the age of automation. The TV talks about the coming revolution of the robot, tweets tell tales of jets that will ferry travelers to the edge of space, and social media reports that the first human to live for a thousand years has already been born. The science we do, the movies we watch, and the culture we consume is the stuff of fiction that became fact, the future imagined in our past-the future we now inhabit. The Science of Science Fiction is the story of how science fiction shaped our world. No longer a subculture, science fiction has moved into the mainstream with the advent of the information age it helped realize. Explore how science fiction has driven science, with topics that include: Guardians of the Galaxy: Is Space Full of Extraterrestrials? Jacking In: Will the Future Be Like Ready Player One? Mad Max: Is Society Running down into Chaos? The Internet: Will Humans Tire of Mere Reality? Blade Runner 2049: When Will We Engineer Human Lookalikes? And many more! This book is the story of how science fiction shaped our world. No longer a subculture, science fiction has moved into the mainstream with the advent of the information age it helped realize. Explore how science fiction has driven science. This book will open your eyes to the way science fiction helped us dream of things to come, forced us to uncover the nature and limits of our own reality, and helped us build the science-fiction-driven world we live in today.

The Science of Superheroes The Secrets Behind Speed, Strength, Flight, Evolution, and More

The Science of Superheroes The Secrets Behind Speed, Strength, Flight, Evolution, and More

Author: Mark Brake Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/04/2018

Discover the science behind the abilities of your favorite superheroes! The concept of the superhero has permeated our culture. They fascinate their fans with their incredible superhuman abilities and impressive technology. But do you ever wonder if any of it is plausible or rooted in fact? Enter The Science of Superheroes, which address more than fifty topics that span the worlds of your favorite superheroes and villains. Explore and examine their amazing abilities and fantastic gadgets with a detailed scientific lens. The scientific questions examined within this book include: Can an Iron Man suit be made? How does Thor's hammer work? Could any known forms of radiation cause superpowers? How many calories does Superman need each day? Could you cross a Lamborghini and a hummer to make the Batmobile Tumbler? And many more!

Science of Superheroes

Science of Superheroes

Author: Mark Brake Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2018

Discover the science behind the abilities of your favorite superheroes!The concept of the superhero has permeated our culture. They fascinate their fans with their incredible superhuman abilities and impressive technology. But do you ever wonder if any of it is plausible or rooted in fact?Enter The Science of Superheroes, which address more than fifty topics that span the worlds of your favorite superheroes and villains. Explore and examine their amazing abilities and fantastic gadgets with a detailed scientific lens.The scientific questions examined within this book include:Can an Iron Man suit be made?How does Thor's hammer work?Could any known forms of radiation cause superpowers?How many calories does Superman need each day?Could you cross a Lamborghini and a hummer to make the Batmobile Tumbler?And many more!Whether you're a movie or comic buff, this book is certain to entertain and open your eyes to the truth behind these amazing characters.

The Science of Harry Potter The Spellbinding Science Behind the Magic, Gadgets, Potions, and More!

The Science of Harry Potter The Spellbinding Science Behind the Magic, Gadgets, Potions, and More!

Author: Mark Brake, Jon Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2017

How does magic in J. K. Rowling's universe work? Finally, the scientific secrets are revealed! The story of the boy who lived has brought the idea of magic and sorcery into mainstream fruition more than any other book series in history. Modern muggle scientists have uncovered explanations to the seemingly impossible, including answers to such questions as: Will we ever see an invisibility cloak? How hazardous is a flying broomstick like the Nimbus 2000? How has medicine made powerful potions from peculiar plants? (Felix Felicis, anyone?) Can scientists ever demonstrate Wingardium Leviosa, or the flying power of a Golden Snitch? Is it possible to stupefy someone? And many more! A perfect Harry Potter gift for anyone obsessed enough to stand in line to be the first to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, witches and wizards alike will be fascinated by the merging of this improbable realm and real science.

The Science of Star Wars The Scientific Facts Behind the Force, Space Travel, and More!

The Science of Star Wars The Scientific Facts Behind the Force, Space Travel, and More!

Author: Mark Brake, Jon Chase Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/11/2016

Discover the science behind the most popular sci-fi franchise of all time! Capturing the imagination and hearts of crowds worldwide, Star Wars is a fantastic feat of science fiction and fantasy. The Science of Star Wars addresses 50 topics that span the movies' universe such as battle technology, alien life, space travel, etc. You'll find fascinating explorations of the physics of Star Wars, its plausibility, and more. The perfect Star Wars gift for fans of the saga, this 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, or a desert planet like Tatooine? 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! 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? This uncomplicated, entertaining read makes it easy to understand how advanced physics concepts, such as wormholes and Einstein's theory of relativity, apply to the Star Wars universe. The Science of Star Wars explains to non-technical readers how physics and fantasy might merge to allow for the possibility of interstellar travel; communication with foreign but intelligent lifeforms; human-like robots; alien planets fit for human life; weapons and spacecraft such as laser guns, light sabers, and the Millennium Falcon; and Force-like psychokinetic powers. In the 21st Century, we're on the edge of developing much of the technology from a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away ... These fantasies aren't as impossible as you might think! Written for every fan of George Lucas's films, you don't need to be a Jedi or an astrophysicist at NASA to appreciate all of Mark Brake and Jon Chase's fun and informative analysis of this classic series in The Science of Star Wars. Prepare your mind to make the jump to light speed and find out about the facts behind one of our favorite modern epics!

The Science of Star Wars The Scientific Facts Behind the Force, Space Travel, and More!

The Science of Star Wars The Scientific Facts Behind the Force, Space Travel, and More!

Author: Mark Brake, Jon Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2016

Discover the science behind the most popular sci-fi franchise of all time! 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? This uncomplicated, entertaining read makes it easy to understand how advanced physics concepts, such as wormholes and Einstein's theory of relativity, apply to the Star Wars universe.

Really Really Big Questions About Space and Time

Really Really Big Questions About Space and Time

Author: Mark Brake Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2010

REALLY REALLY BIG QUESTIONS FROM SPACE AND TIME is an unusual and fun introduction to space, science and astrophysics. It explores those massive, complicated, weird and often unanswered questions such as: Does the Universe have a shape? What makes sunshine? Do stars explode? How do you build a time machine? and Do aliens look like me? Your head will spin - with knowledge!