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In creating the part science fiction/part fantasy/part myth that is Star Wars, George Lucas did not seek to create a futuristic universe that agreed perfectly with our current understanding of science.... How realistic, how possible, is this galaxy far, far away?
The answer when A New Hope first came out was "not at all." But a strange thing has happened in the years since Star Wars first came out. Science is beginning to catch up with George Lucas.
Cavelos looks at Lucas's planets, aliens, droids, technology, and Force with both rationality and affection. The droids R2-D2 and C-3P0, among others, become more interesting and almost credible after her consideration.
The element of Star Wars that is most true to science is the sense of wonder it calls forth, which has very little to do with how close it is to a possible future. Or, as Steve Grand, director of the Cyberlife Institute, said to Cavelos: "I never try to let scientific implausibility get in the way of a good story!" --Mary Ellen Curtin
I'm really enjoying this reading. Dr. Cavelos brings discussions on artificial intelligence, astrophysics, neuroscience and our geek-love for star wars to a level even I can... Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. D. C. Hdez
Though Ms Cavelos' book has been out for quite some time, I still find myself revisiting it a couple times a year. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dr. Tom's Reviews
great book for any fan on the background for the ideas Star Wars used.Published 9 months ago by S. E. Haley
Some of my friends know me to occasionally either directly quote Star Wars, or else refer to it somehow in a much more vague way. If I do this, I "Star Wars" you. Read morePublished 17 months ago by cody steele
I love good science. This is unique in that explains complex notions in a lucid way but with out talking down to the reader or being dumb. I appreciate that.Published 22 months ago by S. murugananda
This book was a real joy to read. Any person that has a love for science or the Star Wars franchise and a hunger for learning more about them will love this book. Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by DerrickL
This book is more about using scenarios from Star Wars as a basis to explain scientific principles than it is about trying to find scientific explanations for how things work in... Read morePublished on April 10, 2011 by Harry Haller
I was born on Star Wars day, May 4th, so I am a huge fan of everything having to do with Star Wars. It may be a coincidence. Read morePublished on April 10, 2011 by baseballmom
The book mainly deals at "how" some of the things (we all love) and see in the Star Wars films could be explained or achieved from a scientific perspective. Read morePublished on November 28, 2007 by ENRIQUE VELASQUEZ