Science(ish)

Science(ish) : The Peculiar Science Behind the Movies

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A Sunday Times Book of the Year 2017
A New Scientist Gift Pick 2017

"Bright, nerdy and funny! Of course I loved it." Dara O Briain

Can we resurrect dinosaurs, Jurassic Park-style? Are we living in The Matrix's digital simulation? Do aliens with acid blood exist somewhere in the universe? Will we ever go back and visit 1955? And just why were the original Planet of the Ape movies so terrible?

In Science(ish), Rick Edwards and Dr Michael Brooks confront all the questions that your favourite movies provoke. Inspired by their award-winning podcast, this popular (hopefully) science (definitely) book dedicates each chapter to a different sci-fi classic, and wittily explores the fascinating issues that arise.

Covering movies from 28 Days Later to Ex Machina, this is a joyous ride through astrophysics, neuroscience, psychology, botany, artificial intelligence, evolution, and plenty more subjects you've always wanted to grasp. Now's your chance: stylishly designed and illustrated throughout, Science(ish) is the perfect gift for every curious mind.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 157 x 216 x 28mm | 480g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 50 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1786492210
  • 9781786492210
  • 76,727

Table of contents

0: Introduction 1: The Martian 2: Jurassic Park 3: Interstellar 4: Planet of the Apes 5: Back to the Future 6: 28 Days Later 7: The Matrix 8: Gattaca 9: Ex Machina 10: Alien 11: Acknowledgements 12: Index
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Bright, nerdy and funny! Of course I loved it. Dara O' Briain, comedian and television presenter
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A terrific, engaging read that brings to life some of the fascinating science that lies behind the movies. * Johnjoe McFadden, Professor of Genetics, University of Surrey * Informative and captivating... Cult podcasters Michael Brooks and Rick Edwards lead a jolly romp through the borderlands of research, sci-fi and movies. * Roger Highfield - Director of External affairs at the Science Museum and former editor of the New Scientist * Deeply funny, academically accomplished, and unfalteringly engaging. Entertaining as it may be, it's difficult to escape the fact that Edwards and Brooks have just made the world of popular science much harder work for the rest of us. * Ben Miller - comedian and author of It's Not Rocket Science * Fun, scary answers to the sci in sci-fi movies... A 2017 present pick * New Scientist * If you are a geek, a film buff, curious or simply want to know whether you still get BO in space, this is the book you have got to have. * Kate Humble - BBC TV presenter and author of Humble by Nature * A Sunday Times Book Of The Year 2017... Explores everything from the ins and outs of black holes (Interstellar) to artificial intelligence (Ex Machina)... Edwards and Brooks don't take themselves too seriously and their cartoon heads pop up throughout deconstructing the films wittily while explaining the underlying science simply. * Sunday Times * Fascinating and hilarious. What a wonderful book. Rick and Michael take you on a whirlwind guide around the science you don't know and the movies that you do. You will feel cleverer after reading this. * Richard Osman, co-host of Pointless * Bright, nerdy and funny! Of course I loved it. * Dara O' Briain, comedian and television presenter *
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About Rick Edwards

Rick Edwards is a writer and television presenter. His debut book, None of the Above, which explained the political landscape in the UK, reached number 5 in the overall Amazon UK chart. Rick has a Natural Sciences degree from Cambridge but only dimly recalls it.

Dr Michael Brooks is an author, journalist, and consultant for New Scientist. His biggest accomplishment to date is not the PhD in Quantum Physics - it's writing Rick's favourite popular science book, 13 Things That Don't Make Sense.
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