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Science in Popular Culture


Spaceships travel through time at lightspeed, piloted by human clones and talking animals. Serious injuries are healed with the wave of a medical gizmo. The media makes it all look easy. Can scientists hope to accomplish such amazing feats in the real world, or are they merely flights of fancy? This book is a fun look at what can, and can't, be achieved with current technology in today's laboratory experiments. Fans of the Jetsons, Star Trek, and Star Wars will learn the facts behind the fiction through entires that describe the scientific inventions and procedures on the screen, and how they differ from the reality. Van Riper shows us who innovators like Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, and Isaac Newton really were before they were mythologized. He discusses how animals such as chimpanzees, dolphins, and elephants are portrayed in books and films, and what we really know about animal intelligence. This book lifts the curtain on science fiction, revealing how and where scientific laws have been discarded for the sake of a good plot.
Table of Contents:

* Conventions Used in this Book
* Introduction
* Entries
* Acceleration
* Action-Reaction, Law of
* Alternate Worlds
* Androids
* Atomic Energy
* Chimpanzees
* Clones
* Comets
* Computers
* Cryonics
* Cyborgs
* Darwin, Charles
* Death Rays
* Dinosaurs
* Dolphins
* Dreams
* Earthquakes
* Eclipses
* Einstein, Albert
* Electricity
* Elephants
* Epidemics
* Evolution
* Evolution, Convergent
* Evolution, Human
* Experiments
* Experiments on Self
* Extinction
* Flying Cars
* Food Pills
* Franklin, Benjamin
* Galileo
* Genes
* Genetic Engineering
* Gorillas
* Gravity
* Houses, Smart
* Ideas, Resistance to
* Inertia
* Insects
* Insects, Giant
* Intelligence, Animal
* Intelligence, Artificial
* Intelligence, Human
* Life, Extraterrestrial
* Life, Origin of
* Lightning
* Longevity
* Magnetism
* Mars
* Matter Transmission
* Meteorites
* Mind Control
* Miniaturization
* Miracle Drugs
* Moon
* Mutations
* Newton, Isaac
* Organ Transplants
* Prehistoric Humans
* Prehistoric Time
* Psychic Powers
* Race
* Radiation
* Relativity
* Religion and Science
* Reproduction
* Robots
* Sharks
* Space Travel, Interplanetary
* Space Travel, Interstellar
* Speed of Light
* Speed of Sound
* Superhumans
* Theory
* Time Travel
* UFOs
* Vacuum
* Venus
* Volcanoes
* Whales
* General Bibliography
* Index

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