New PDF release: Science in Popular Culture: A Reference Guide

By A. Bowdoin Van Riper

Spaceships go back and forth via time at lightspeed,
piloted via human clones and speaking animals. severe accidents are healed with
the wave of a clinical gizmo. The media makes all of it glance effortless. Can scientists
hope to complete such awesome feats within the actual global, or are they merely
flights of fancy? This e-book is a enjoyable examine what can, and cannot, be achieved
with present expertise in modern-day laboratory experiments. This assortment of
eighty-one brief essays is an try and separate fact from dramatic license
in renowned culture's therapy of technological know-how and a few of the applied sciences most
deeply motivated via it. each one access bargains with a science-related item, idea,
person, procedure, or inspiration. every one in short summarizes the present understanding
of the subject after which discusses its portrayal in pop culture and, where
possible, the roots of that portrayal. each one access concludes with a listing of
related entries and a quick record of steered readings particular to that topic.


Fans of The Jetsons, superstar Trek, and Star
will research the evidence at the back of the fiction via entries that describe
the medical innovations and tactics at the monitor, and the way they differ
from the truth. Van Riper exhibits us who innovators like Charles Darwin,
Benjamin Franklin, and Isaac Newton rather have been earlier than they have been mythologized.
He discusses how animals reminiscent of chimpanzees, dolphins, and elephants are
portrayed in books and flicks, and what we actually learn about animal
intelligence. This booklet lifts the curtain on technological know-how fiction, revealing how and
where medical legislation were discarded for the sake of a great plot.

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