The Science of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Science of the Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy Like all good science fiction much of the cult classic Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy series drew on scientific fact Douglas Adams was a science and technology enthusiast and his books were inspire

  • Title: The Science of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Author: Michael Hanlon
  • ISBN: 9780230008908
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Paperback
  • Like all good science fiction, much of the cult classic Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy series drew on scientific fact Douglas Adams was a science and technology enthusiast and his books were inspired by and sometimes, prefigured many of the great scientific debates of our time The Science of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy is a lighthearted, accessible and inforLike all good science fiction, much of the cult classic Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy series drew on scientific fact Douglas Adams was a science and technology enthusiast and his books were inspired by and sometimes, prefigured many of the great scientific debates of our time The Science of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy is a lighthearted, accessible and informative tour of the real cutting edge research behind this much loved classic, including space tourism, parallel universes, instant translation devices, sentient computers, and .

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    1. I'm sad and admittedly shocked to say how little I enjoyed this book. I was so excited to read it, that it is the only book I had ever placed on my "to read" list. This book was everything I didn't want it to be. Rather than being a book about the science of the hitchiker's guide to the galaxy (as the title leads you to expect) it is a book about science-fiction in general. The book could have easily been about any science-fiction tale at all, and references were repeatedly made to star trek, ha [...]

    2. Hey, Michael Hanlon: I don't care what you think! I didn't pick up this pick to learn the opinion of someone I've never heard of. I picked it up because it says "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" on it and I'm a dork. Despite warnings from my brother, I still read the book which did have a few few interesting moments but bizarrely I felt I had more answers to my burning questions reading Adams' series than this book. Not only does Hanlon gloss over scientific concepts assuming his readers have a [...]

    3. While I'm usually given to reading non-fiction, I think this book was a nice introduction to my foray into the genre. With Hitchhiker-like quips scattered throughout, it's far from boring. I like it. Very very much.

    4. The one I read had a forward from several other people, which was fantastic I had no idea Adams was so ingrained in a culture I already enjoyed- Monty Python and Neil Gaiman!Lovely book, the illustrations complemented the story seamlessly.

    5. There are a lot of “The Science of…” books out there using science fiction as a means to explain science. It’s easy to see the appeal for both readers and writers. For one thing, it makes complex and technical subjects approachable and palatable. For another, it provides a series of examples with which most readers will already be familiar. Triggering memories of a beloved book can’t hurt sales.This “Science of” book is a little different in that it uses a work of absurdist humor a [...]

    6. What is allegedly "an authoritative look at the real science behind a prescient sci-fi classic" comes off as little more than an opinionated know-it-all soapboxing tangents to the Hitchhiker universe.I expected this book to follow the framework of "take a thing from the Hitchhiker universe and explain how it relates to real-world science/technology." This book, however, will start with a question like "Why have we not made contact with aliens?" and quickly devolve into a patronizing screed on ho [...]

    7. Inasmuch as the HHGG is a friendly, supportive, and all-around helpful introduction to space travel for the wayward citizen of the galaxy, this text is a friendly and supportive introduction to science for the wayward reader of Adams's infamous series.You may note that I omitted the word "helpful" when describing this book. That was intentional, but the omission is a matter of perspective. If you've never been to space, and if you've never met with other species, having the Guide around is very [...]

    8. Dieses Buch ist eine kurzweilige Reise durch einige Gebiete der modernen Wissenschaft anhand des "Anhalters durch die Galaxis". Viele der Ideen Douglas Adams' waren nämlich keineswegs nur vergnügliche Spinnereien, sondern führten nur wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse konsequent weiter und zeigten mögliche Weiterentwicklungen und Anwendungmöglichkeiten auf - natürlich stark übertrieben und sarkastisch oder humoristisch verändert, aber mitnichten völlig an den Haaren herbeigezogen.Das Themen [...]

    9. Part of a series of books that look at whether there is any real-life science behind a number of popular sci-fi films, TV shows etc, this one looks at Douglas Adams' classic series. With the book being about ten years old, some of it is a bit dated (e.g. the Large Hadron Collider hadn't been completed when it was written), but the basic arguments and ideas will be familiar to anyone who has watched recent series of Horizon etc. Some of the science - like the quantum physics - is difficult to sim [...]

    10. Admittedly, if I were to rate this solely based on this book explaining the Science behind Douglas Adam's work I'd say it did poorly. Except for a few direct quotes from the book and an occasional reference to scenes and characters, there wasn't any real connection between the 2 works. On this basis alone, I would have given this book 2 stars.However, admittedly as well I have to say I enjoyed reading through this brief summary of what we know of so far fact based on common sci-fi elements used [...]

    11. If you need a perspective on the width and breadth of the ideas available to the average human being, this book does a great job of consolidating and summarizing those ideas for easy access. It was a great find at the local library, and while some of the data is a little dated, the information and ideas are compelling. The presentation and grouping of the ideas is sometimes disjointed. Topic jumps are to be expected though when taking on all the concepts that Douglas Adams managed to consolidate [...]

    12. One sentence review/summary: The author want to make some money so he put Hitcher's Guide to the Galaxy on the cover and threw together some loosely related content.So every chapter begins and ends with a reference to H2G2, but the intervening material may be only loosely based on those references. Some chapters mention Star Trek or the Matrix more then H2G2. The discuss of the science was very broad and general, not much more information then appears in the science fiction itself and certainly [...]

    13. Fabulous for techno geeks. Lighthearted guide to popular high-brow topics: Quantum Mechanics, Cosmology, Relativity, you name it, it's in there! Not recommended for the faint-hearted or casual Hitch Hikers fan - you really need to have read all the books to follow the jumping around between topics.

    14. Fun, but superficial, book on things best pondered whilst on a journey of a pharmacological nature. Links to HGTTG are tenuous unfortunately.

    15. Really light, quite aggressive in its viewpoints. Not a bad read on a long flight, but I didn't get much of substance from it.

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