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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,152 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lawrence M. Krauss Narrator: Larry McKeever Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2004 ISBN:
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What actually happens when the words, beam me up, Scottie are uttered? What warps when something travels at warp speed? Internationally renowned theoretical physicist and educator Lawrence M. Krauss provides matter-of-fact scientific explanations of the physics of Star Trek in this highly creative and informative guide for both the devoted Trekkie and the physics novice. Krauss reviews the basic laws of physics, as well as the ideas of leading physicists, including Newton, Hawking, Einstein, Feynman, Kirk, and Janeway. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 2/17/2014

    " I confess that while I found this book gloriously geeky, I often wished that its explanations were more thorough and/or clearer. I understand that the book was probably intended to be of a welcoming, accessible length, and that a great deal of its audience was expected to be people already at least a little knowledgeable about the physics discussed, but I felt that many explanations - even about things I think I understand reasonably well! - were confusing. Particularly given Dr. Krauss's current level of skill as a public speaker, I am hopeful that the updated version (the existence of which I did not know about when I checked this version out) will have improved and better edited explanations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 2/13/2014

    " This book was very influential to my upbringing into physics and engineering. A guy in my German class named Rob introduced this book to me, and the prospect of reading became too much for me to ignore thanks to many a long discussion of its innards during German class. After reading about the several unlikely prospects of creating a warp drive, it became my goal to build one. Then a few years later I got into college and my life's goal was to work on real methods of long distance space exploration and human space flight. I really do love this book for much of that reason. Also, the chapter on Star Trek bloopers at the end is still awesome. I'm a nerd... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 leanne | 2/4/2014

    " Awesome, with a preface by Hawking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spock | 2/4/2014

    " spunti interessanti non solo per fan della saga ma per chi ama la scienza e la fattibilita' (o meno) di certe innovazioni tecnologiche "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 2/1/2014

    " Tell what is black hole and how it works. i love star trek and phisics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emi | 1/24/2014

    " It discusses the physics involved in various concepts and objects described in the Star Trek universe. Lawrence krauss investigates the possibility of such things as inertial dampeners and warp drive, and whether physics as we know it would allow such inventions. He also discusses time travel, light speed, pure energy beings, wormholes, and other concepts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ericmgb1974 | 1/12/2014

    " At this point the science is a little outdated but it's still entertaining for the diehard Star Trek fan and not a bad basic introduction to modern physics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karlheinz Kobras | 1/2/2014

    " well if you are a) physicist and b) trekkie, than this book is a must. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dahlia | 12/31/2013

    " It's a good book but not for everyone. If you don't know anything about Star Trek or physics this will definitely be a challenge. So, I suggest reading A Brief History of Time and watching Star Trek before reading this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karl | 12/26/2013

    " Great book! Fascinating what science is up to this point in our history and what potential lies ahead based on theory founded on current facts. Good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rawail Naeem | 12/22/2013

    " I found the second half of this book to be really amusing! I love how he puts it; we are all stardust. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikael | 12/14/2013

    " Entertaining and easy to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narendra | 12/3/2013

    " A crash course in physics and astronomy against a Star Trek backdrop, fantastic!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 9/25/2013

    " Finally, the transporter is explained! Really this is a good explanation of physics in general and many of the trappings of Star Trek. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yanty | 7/2/2013

    " another funny,simple explanation about physics in star trek "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 5/3/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Some parts get a little too abstract, but the author always does a good job of following up with a good analogy. I also found the Star Trek references fun. Good stuff! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Farren | 12/9/2012

    " Love the link between science fiction and known science. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brownleeg | 10/27/2012

    " A very interesting and well thought out book, but as I had very little knowledge of physics while reading it, it was hard for me to understand in places. However, Krauss's writing flowed very well, and I would like to attempt his other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeroen | 6/10/2012

    " What can I say... I'm a nerd...and I loved it!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 3/17/2012

    " If you don't read this book you are a loser. Or is it the other way 'round? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 1/30/2012

    " Better than the "Computers" one, if a little jargon-heavy sometimes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/14/2012

    " It's more dull than the story books but it's still interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ~Lyn~ | 11/21/2011

    " Penulis fisikawan buku ini membahas problematika konkrit yang mesti dihadapi siapapun yang ingin imajinasi teknologi dalam film Star Trek. Dalam buku ini si penulis membahas juga sejunlah kekeliruan yang terjadi dalam film tersebut. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DaughterDaDa | 3/11/2011

    " I listened to this audiobook while commuting to and from work. It was a pleasant relief from the traffic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joshua | 3/11/2011

    " I read this book too young I think. Wouldn't mind reading it again but wonder if any knowledge of physics as changed since it came out. for example do we know more about worm holes then what we knew in 1996 when it came out? In other words is this book now dated? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 2/28/2011

    " This is a great book and a quick and easy read.

    I often thought about these things like the transporter, how it is matter and energy. It really can't be both in our current understanding.

    A lot of great stuff explained in detail without getting too math-heavy or out of reach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 1/31/2011

    " Utter geeky brilliance. Quite a bit of it went right over my head, such as the chapter devoted to wormholes. However, it was all quite interesting, well-written, and mostly understandable for a layman. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RE | 1/8/2011

    " The chapters in Section 1 ("A Cosmic Poker Game") are "Newton Antes", "Einstein Raises", "Hawking Shows His Hand", and "Data Ends the Game". If you're not curious, this book isn't for you. But if you are, well then. Live long and prosper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roberto | 11/16/2010

    " Molto bello, la tecnologia di Star Trek vista con gli occhi della fisica (di oggi). Cosa è possibile e cosa no? Perché? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 9/14/2010

    " still doesn't stop us from dreaming
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 7/30/2010

    " This was a really interesting book. Read it a long time ago. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in Treknology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 7/9/2010

    " Hilarious and very interesting. So much is possible through physics!!! "

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About the Author
Author Lawrence M. Krauss

Lawrence M. Krauss is the director of the Origins Initiative at Arizona State University and has written more than three hundred scientific publications and seven books, including The Physics of Star Trek. He has won numerous awards, including the Gravity Research Foundation First Prize Award and the Presidential Investigator Award. He lives in Tempe, Arizona, and Shaker Heights, Ohio.

About the Narrator

Larry McKeever has narrated a number of audiobooks, including several by James A. Michener and Isaac Asimov.