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The Physics of the Buffyverse Paperback – December 26, 2006
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I've written four popular science books, aimed at readers like me (non-specialists who appreciate stories with their science). The most recent is "Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self," detailing my quest to illuminate everything that goes into shaping the people we become. Other books: "The Calculus Diaries : How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse;" "The Physics of the Buffyverse"; and "Black Bodies and Quantum Cats: Tales from the Annals of Physics." I also edited the 2012 anthology "The Best Online Science Writing."
From November 2008 through October 2010, I was director of the National Academy of Sciences' program, The Science & Entertainment Exchange, founded to foster creative collaborations between scientists and the entertainment industry: http://www.scienceandentertainmentexchange.org. I like to think I made a difference, but I also got to meet Ridley Scott. So that's a win-win in my book.
You can read more about me at my Website: http://www.jenniferouellette-writes.com, and at my blog: http://www.blogs.scientificamerican.com/cocktail-party-physics.
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I was afraid that this might be a bit over my head, since my favorite subject wasn't physics. But Ouellette does a wonderful job of explaining the science in layman's terms, complete with the occasional illustration to drive her points. I found a lot of the facts behind "what is possible and why" pretty interesting. From how someone the size of Buffy could toss a larger man to theories on time manipulation, Ouellette covers a large range of topics and conjectures.
If you're a big fan of Buffy and Angel, and would like learning more about how things work in the Buffyverse, this book is for you.
Second, the book. Oh my! Oh yes! The book is exactly what the title suggests, an intelligent, skeptical but ultimately supportive description of how the Science does, or at least could work in the Universe (capital U) of Buffy Summers' Sunnydale and (Bonus!) Angel's Los Angeles.
Author Jennifer Oulette writes brilliantly; she presents specific situations, conditions, actions and possible paradoxes of events in the "Buffy/Angel-verses" and then provides delightfully readable, engaging and comprehensible descriptions of the physics that may support the science of the fiction. Make no mistake, Oulette is not an apologist; she does not stretch the fabric of reality (pun intended) to accommodate the scripts. But she does a great job of writing to the contradictions, where they exist. And while she does so, she commits to her audience. Oulette is (probably) a fan. She is most certainly a physicist who respects BtVS' fans and importantly, the Mutant Enemy Production's writing team's efforts to provide more than a modicum of hard science to underpin their plot devices. The physics explained in "The Physics of the Buffyverse" will not satisfy every physics knowledgeable fan of the Buffy and Angel milieu, that is not the book's intent. The ambition behind "The Physics of the Buffyverse" is to simultaneously enhance the viewing experience while introducing legitimate physics to any discourse about the shows.
I'm a BtVS fan: Today, more than a decade after Buffy made the choice to save the world at the price of destroying Sunnydale, I still laugh, gasp, clap and cry when I re-watch the show.Read more ›
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Covers everything out there in advanced physics and explains it quite well.Published 13 months ago by Forrest Frantz
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