Harry Potter has brought the idea of magic and sorcery into mainstream fruition more than any other book series in history. Often perceived as a supernatural force, magic captivates and delights its audience because of its seeming ability to defy physics and logic. But did you ever wonder if science has any explanation for these fantastic feats?
Will we ever see an invisibility cloak?
How hazardous is a flying broomstick?
How has medicine made powerful potions from peculiar plants?
Can scientists ever demonstrate Wingardium Leviosa?
Is it possible to stupefy someone?
And many more!
The Science of Harry Potter examines the scientific principles behind some of your favorite characters, spells, items, and scenes from the Harry Potter universe, providing in-depth analysis and scientific facts to support its theories.
The scientific questions examined within this book include:
Witches and wizards alike will be fascinated by the merging of this improbable realm and real science.
Praise for Mark Brake and Jon Chase's The Science of Star Wars
"If you've ever wondered how life could arise on Tatooine or how likely it is that there's a cantina full of aliens somewhere in our galaxy, The Science of Star Wars is for you."
--San Francisco Book Review
"A real treat, with many moments of epiphany lurking between the pages . . . Offers much more than just the scientific facts."
"A gloriously fascinating look into that galaxy far, far away!"
--Professor Lewis Dartnell, University of Westminster, New York Times bestselling author of The Knowledge
"As a longtime Star Wars maniac, I'd like to recommend Mark Brake and Jon Chase's The Science of Star Wars: The Scientific Facts Behind the Force, Space Travel, and More! for the geek on your Christmas list. The book is divided into sections on space travel, space, aliens, tech, and bio-tech, with each addressing the scientific feasibility of the Star Wars universe, from faster than light travel to the nature of the Force itself. Written in a clear, friendly style, reading The Science of Star Wars is like sitting down for a conversation with a super geeky scientist friend."
"Using the basic principles of mathematics and science, author Mark Brake and science presenter Jon Chase have unlocked some of the secrets behind the George Lucas films, and have concluded that The Force might not be complete fantasy."
"A fairly easy read in the sense that simple language is used to explain what can at times be fairly complex concepts . . . It's certainly best enjoyed by anyone with a bent towards the stars and how they stay up there. . . . For the right fan, it would be an excellent Christmas present."
--In a Far Away Galaxy