Astrophysicist Ethan Siegel Discusses ‘The Science of Star Trek’

Patrick welcomes Astrophysicist, author, Forbes and NASA columnist Ethan Siegel to Pop Culture Tonight! His first book, Beyond The Galaxy, is available today, while his second, Treknology, about the real-life science behind the technologies envisioned by Star Trek, comes out in October, 2017.
About "Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive": The name Star Trek conjures images of faster-than-light spacecraft, holographic crew members, and phasers set to stun. Some of these incredible devices may still be far from our reach, but others have made the leap from science fiction to science fact—and now you can learn the science and engineering of what makes them tick. Treknology looks at over twenty-five iconic inventions from the complete history of the Star Trek television and film universe. Author Ethan Siegel explores and profiles these dazzling technologies and their role Star Trek, the science behind how they work, and how close we are to achieving them in the real world today. This stunning collection is packed with 150 superb film and television stills, prop photography, and scientific diagrams to pull you into another world. Brace yourself for a detailed look at the inner workings of Star Trek’s computing capabilities, communications equipment, medical devices, and awe-inspiring ships. This book is one that no fan of Star Trek, or future tech, will want to miss. Pre-Order Your Copy!
About Ethan Siegel: Ethan was born in New York, majored in three different things as an undergrad, and got his Ph.D. in theoretical physics. Yes, you indecisive young people, there is hope. After postdoctoral research focusing on dark matter and cosmic structure formation, he became a physics professor and a professional science communicator. The communication was more fun, so now he writes and speaks full-time, including for Forbes, and NASA. His blog, Starts With A Bang, was voted the #1 science blog on the internet by the Institute of Physics, and, separately, by Real Clear Science. Read Ethan's Articles on Forbes
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