Science(ish): The Peculiar Science Behind the Movies (Paperback)
  • Science(ish): The Peculiar Science Behind the Movies (Paperback)

Science(ish): The Peculiar Science Behind the Movies (Paperback)

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

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

Can we resurrect dinosaurs? Is a Martian holiday good for your health? Can we build a time machine? (And more importantly, can it look like the DeLorean?)

Answering these questions and more, Rick Edwards and Dr Michael Brooks delve into the real science behind the greatest sci-fi movies ever made. From Planet of the Apes to Interstellar, each chapter probes a different classic, blasting apart tricky topics like astrophysics, neuroscience, psychology, botany, artificial intelligence, evolution, and plenty more. Packed with illustrations, bizarre facts and indispensable movie trivia, Science(ish) is the perfect read for curious minds.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781786492234
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 302 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm
Edition: Main

Bright, nerdy and funny! Of course I loved it. * Dara O Briain *
Fun, scary answers to the "sci" in sci-fi movies. * The New Scientist *
Fascinating and hilarious. * Richard Osman, co-host of Pointless *
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 *
It's the kind of book I love. -- Joel Dommett * Shortlist *
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 *

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 *

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Ever watched a sci-fi film and thought 'that'd NEVER happen in real life', or wondered just when we're going to get these Mars colonies they keep promising us? Well help is at hand. Covering topics... More

Hardback edition
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If you are expecting dry and complex science then you will be disappointed. This book offers a fun and lighthearted view of the science behind your favourite films. It takes a shallow view of the science so it is... More

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“Title does it justice”

To further some of the other reviewees comments, this is definitely a Science (ish) book.
However, it presents an interesting, and fun view of the production of elements of your favourite films, as it touches on the... More

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