To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek

To Seek Out New Life The Biology of Star Trek How likely are silicon based life forms such as the Horta Can the Holodoc really wield a laser scalpel Is a universal translator possible For thirty years the Star Trek series movies and books have

  • Title: To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek
  • Author: Athena Andreadis
  • ISBN: 9780609603291
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Hardcover
  • How likely are silicon based life forms such as the Horta Can the Holodoc really wield a laser scalpel Is a universal translator possible For thirty years, the Star Trek series, movies, and books have speculated as much about the nature and meaning of life as they have about inorganic concepts such as warp speed, time travel, and black holes In fact, the original missiHow likely are silicon based life forms such as the Horta Can the Holodoc really wield a laser scalpel Is a universal translator possible For thirty years, the Star Trek series, movies, and books have speculated as much about the nature and meaning of life as they have about inorganic concepts such as warp speed, time travel, and black holes In fact, the original mission of the starship Enterprise was to seek out new life and new civilizations in its quest to answer the most tantalizing question of all time Are we alone in the universe If Star Trek has been about the search for life, To Seek Out New Life The Biology of Star Trek is about understanding these discoveries as we encounter them with the crews of the Enterprise, Voyager, and Deep Space Nine In this book, Harvard biologist Athena Andreadis takes a lively, thought provoking look at Star Trek s approach to the science of human, humanoid, and other life forms, exploring what biological principles are probable or possible on the original show and the three series and nine movies that have followed.This engaging, deeply informative book makes everyone an armchair expert on the difference between science and science fiction on Star Trek, with keen observations into the series complex worlds of physiology, psychology, and sociology For example, the free interbreeding of humanoids makes for great plots, but a host of biological problems Vulcans bleed green, Klingons purple, and humans red, which means none of them share the same oxygen carrier in the bloodstream which means no hybrid, and thus no Spock A shape shifter with a liquid base, like Security Chief Odo, could never fall in love with a solid like Major Kira Nerys it is the equivalent to a human loving a turnip Androids like Data are possible in our future, though the creation of substitute bodies in the holodeck is pure fantasy The joined Trills are a curious blend of symbiosis and parasitism, raising interesting questions as to how the two beings share consciousness.This absorbing, illuminating book, rich in scientific detail and full of fascinating references to literature, film, and television, pays tribute to a show that has profoundly shaped the way we understand and view science.

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    1. To seek out new life: the biology of Star Trek DB 48584 Andreadis, Athena. Reading time 10 hours, 37 minutes. Read by Kristin Allison. A production of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress. Subjects: Stage and Screen ; Science and TechnologyDescription: Uses the original Star Trek television series, spinoffs, and movies to explain concepts in bioscience. Investigates the probability of other life-forms in the universe. Discusses human immortal [...]


    2. Having recently torn through all the various Star Trek series' (besides Enterprise), this book was a cool find and an interesting read. There are a lot of geeky references (which makes the cold-shower reality that most of the science of show couldn't happen bearable) to keep the hardcore fans placated. But most importantly, it does describe in detail a lot of the real science that was or is inspired by the ideas put forth in the episodes. The commentary on the various social aspects of the races [...]


    3. There're two books with this subtitle, but this is the one I had the liveliest arguments with. I have to say that in both cases the authors were (perhaps unavoidably) geocentric, but there's still tolerable variety of life on Earth, and not enough appreciation of that fact in either book. For example, why would you assume that the tribbles are mammals just because they have fur? True, all furred creatures on Earth (currently, at least)are mammals. But this represents a contingent fact of evoluti [...]


    4. I made it only to page 26 or so, and then it has sat around for weeks without being opened again. It's actually a very good book in terms of science. The author writes well. The problem is twofold:1. my flaky brain right now2. the necessity of knowing every episode of all the incarnations of Star Trek (TV and movies) by title--no can do from this distanceBut, if anyone reading this is a Science Nerd as well as a Trekker this is a good book to sort out the possible from the truly story-driven sci [...]


    5. A good book for Trekkies and those who like science fiction, as well as for those interested in science, evolution and the future of humanity. Many Esperantists and UFO aficionados might disagree with the author's conclusions on language, ETs and panspermia, but it's an interesting point of view. I think that her overall message is appealing to most:"What promotes or suppresses scientific discoveries and their applications is the worldview of the society in which they are embedded. The character [...]


    6. I AM NOT A TREKKIE, I repeat and reiterate, but I am fond of the series, all of them and the movies except the first one. True Trekkies will likely be offended, because Andreadis discusses the scientific improbabilities of quite a few of the franchise's favorite devices. I however consider it a clever ploy to examine topics and issues in biology. She does make a few mistakes -- she quotes Data as using a contraction and intimates at one point that the transporter is the way into the holodeck, an [...]



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