The Science of Doctor Who

The Science of Doctor Who

Book - 2010
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Almost fifty years after he first crossed the small screen, Doctor Who remains a science fiction touchstone. His exploits are thrilling, his world is mind-boggling, and that time travel machine--known as the Tardis--is almost certainly an old-fashioned blue police box, once commonly found in London.

Paul Parsons's plain-English account of the real science behind the fantastic universe portrayed in the Doctor Who television series provides answers to such burning questions as whether a sonic screwdriver is any use for putting up a shelf, how Cybermen make little Cybermen, where the toilets are in the Tardis, and much more.

Taking the show as a starting point--episode-by-episode in some cases--Parsons dissects its scientific concepts. In addition to explaining why time travel is possible and just how that blue police box works, Parsons

* discusses who the Time Lords are and how we may one day be able to regenerate just like them
* ponders the ways that the doctor's two hearts might work and introduces us to a terrestrial animal with five
* details the alien populations and cosmology of the Whovian Universe and relates them to what we currently know about our universe
* compares the robotics of the show with startlingly similar real-world applications

This slender, equation-free discussion is penned by a Ph.D. cosmologist and is ideal beach reading for anyone who loves science and watches the show--no matter which planet the beach is on.

Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780801895609
Branch Call Number: 500 P255s2 2010
Characteristics: xv, 307 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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JCLJoshN May 23, 2013

A fun and informative overview of physics, biology, astronomy, engineering and more, all filtered through my favorite TV show, Doctor Who. Not very in-depth, but the author admits that it's meant to be more entertaining than educational. Still, I did learn quite a bit about quantum physics, nanotechnology, cybernetics, and astrophysics.


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