Fantastic Voyages

Learning Science Through Science Fiction Films

  • Leroy W. Dubeck
  • Judith E. Boss
  • Suzanne E. Moshier

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Physics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pages 3-9
    3. Pages 11-35
    4. Pages 37-57
    5. Pages 93-103
    6. Pages 105-118
    7. Pages 131-142
  3. Biology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Pages 169-176
    3. Pages 201-219
  4. Film Descriptions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 220-220

About this book

Introduction

What principle of mechanics is illustrated in the science fiction thriller Terminator 2: Judgment Day? How is nuclear fission important to the plot of Aliens? Is the time travel portrayed in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home a real possibility? Discover the surprising answers to these and a host of other intriguing questions in Fantastic Voyages.

This book provides basic physics and biology instruction using scenes from popular science fiction films as examples of the concepts discussed. Scenes are discussed from such sci-fi classics as The Day the Earth Stood Still, Planet of the Apes and The Andromeda Strain. The latter includes study questions on biological terrorism. More recent hit films discussed include Contact, Jurassic Park and Independence Day.

The book is divided into three sections:

basic physics and astronomy for non-science majors

selected topics in biology

detailed plot descriptions of 42 films

The new edition also contains material about the greenhouse effect, nuclear power and nuclear terrorism, and the effects of an impact from a comet or asteroid.

 

Acclaim for the previous edition:

"If you find science fiction films thought-provoking, this could be the book for you...The scope of the book is wide, with a good grounding in basic physics and biology, and a lot of other information besides."

–New Scientist

"The idea of using science fiction films to convey science in an interesting way is sound, and anyone preparing a course using the genre should at least consult this book."

–Nature

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Leroy W. Dubeck is Professor of Physics at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Suzanne E. Moshier is Professor of Biology at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

Judith E. Boss is Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

Keywords

Popular Science astronomy electricity magnetism mechanics thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • Leroy W. Dubeck
    • 1
  • Judith E. Boss
    • 2
  • Suzanne E. Moshier
    • 2
  1. 1.Temple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.University of Nebraska at OmahaOmahaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/b97305
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-00440-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-21588-4
  • About this book