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Indistinguishable From Magic Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1995

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; 1st edition (September 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671876864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671876869
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,555,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard Lutes on June 4, 2001
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This is an excellent book for the introduction of physics concepts. By blending science fiction and science fact Dr. Forward puts concepts commonly misundersttod into the grasp of the laity. I have found this book very useful in my Physics courses. My students tend to enjoy it as well. Dr. Forward draws on his background at JPL to give sound techincal explanations and his ability as a science fiction writer to give the concepts life.
WARNING! If you are looking for a piece of fluffy fantasy fiction this is not the book for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 30, 1998
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As a particle physicist I learned much from this book. When Forward discusses situations about which I know some details he almost always has it right, so I trust him when he discusses situations about which I know little. The short stories that follow the technical chapters are ingenious, although they do not all relate well to the preceding technical chapter. I would like to have had more discussion about the relative probabilities of the various scientific theories yielding useful technology.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 1998
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i bought the book purely for its scientific content and have not read the short stories. but the information concerning exotic forms of propulsion and loopholes in modern day physics is very good. another good book relating to this is the starflight handbook by eugene f. mallove & gregory l. matloff.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lyle on January 17, 2002
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Sorry, I love big words. The fiction was not impressive, but the science is. Dr Forward is one of the big guns theoretical physics and it shows. He explores the ways impossible science-fiction concepts like antigravity, time travel, or faster-than-light travel might be done (if the gray areas of physics have the right answers), and sometimes ways it could be done (with a lot of engineerng).
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I have had the privilege of meeting Dr, Forward and this book does a good job of conveying his enormous depth of knowledge of physics and the quicksiver flexibility of his mind. The only shortcoming of this work is that it is not as up-to-date as one would wish. I also found the occaisional interjection of short pieces of his fiction to be appropriate and at least to me pleasurable. Overall a valuable work for keeping one aware that we are constained more by our imagination than by the laws of physics.
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Although this book is listed as Science Fiction it is notjust a collection of short stories. Dr. Forward puts forthessays on various aspects of SF technology, couching them in fairly easy to understand language. Between the hard science bits are short stories dealing with the previous chapter so you can see how it all fits together. ***Warning*** Don't read this all in one session. I did, and got a headache for my trouble. That much information in such a short time is a real brain stretcher.
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