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Science(ish) The Peculiar Science Behind the Movies by Rick Edwards, Michael Brooks
  

Science(ish) The Peculiar Science Behind the Movies

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Films – what do they know about science, what have they got right and what they have got wrong? (all that clunky computer equipment in Alien for a start). Can we teleport, grow a dinosaur or shapeshift, Doctor Michael Brooks explains it all to us and to colleague Rick Edwards. Taken from their Twitter pages they discuss science shown in films that have often delved into the science. This is the quintessential Christmas gift for lovers of science and movies based on the hit podcast, Science(ish), stylishly designed and illustrated throughout.

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Science(ish) The Peculiar Science Behind the Movies by Rick Edwards, Michael Brooks

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.

Reviews

Fascinating and hilarious. What a wonderful book. Rick and Michael take you on a whirlwind guide around the science you don't know and the movies that you do. You will feel cleverer after reading this. Richard Osman, co-host of Pointless

If you are a geek, a film buff, curious or simply want to know whether you still get BO in space, this is the book you have got to have. Kate Humble - BBC TV presenter and author of Humble by Nature

Deeply funny, academically accomplished, and unfalteringly engaging. Entertaining as it may be, it's difficult to escape the fact that Edwards and Brooks have just made the world of popular science much harder work for the rest of us. Ben Miller - comedian and author of It's Not Rocket Science

Informative and captivating... Cult podcasters Michael Brooks and Rick Edwards lead a jolly romp through the borderlands of research, sci-fi and movies. Roger Highfield - Director of External affairs at the Science Museum and former editor of the New Scientist

A terrific, engaging read that brings to life some of the fascinating science that lies behind the movies. Johnjoe McFadden, Professor of Genetics, University of Surrey

As a series, it works beautifully...delivered with both enthusiasm and a reassuring dose of scepticism. The Financial Times on the Science(ish) podcast

About the Author

Rick Edwards is a writer and television presenter. His debut book, None of the Above, which explained the political landscape in the UK, reached number 5 in the overall Amazon UK chart. Rick has a Natural Sciences degree from Cambridge but only dimly recalls it.Dr Michael Brooks is an author, journalist, and consultant for New Scientist. His biggest accomplishment to date is not the PhD in Quantum Physics - it's writing Rick's favourite popular science book, 13 Things That Don't Make Sense.

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Book Info

Publication date

5th October 2017

Author

Rick Edwards, Michael Brooks

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Publisher

Atlantic Books

Format

Hardback
272 pages

Categories

The Real World
Popular Science
eBook Favourites

Popular science
Films, cinema

ISBN

9781786492210

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