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Fantastic Voyages: Learning Science Through Science Fiction Films

Fantastic Voyages: Learning Science Through Science Fiction Films
Author: Leroy W. Dubeck - Suzanne E. Moshier - Judith E. B
ISBN 13: 9780387004402
ISBN 10: 387004408
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Springer
Publication Date: 2003-11-07
Format: Paperback
Pages: 347
List Price: $64.95

What principle of mechanics is illustrated in the science fiction thriller Terminator 2: Judgment Day? How is nuclear fission important to the plot of Aliens? Is the time travel portrayed in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home a real possibility? Discover the surprising answers to these and a host of other intriguing questions in Fantastic Voyages.

This book provides basic physics and biology instruction using scenes from popular science fiction films as examples of the concepts discussed. Scenes are discussed from such sci-fi classics as The Day the Earth Stood Still, Planet of the Apes and The Andromeda Strain. The latter includes study questions on biological terrorism. More recent hit films discussed include Contact, Jurassic Park and Independence Day.

The book is divided into three sections:

basic physics and astronomy for non-science majors

selected topics in biology

detailed plot descriptions of 42 films

The new edition also contains material about the greenhouse effect, nuclear power and nuclear terrorism, and the effects of an impact from a comet or asteroid.

Acclaim for the previous edition:

"If you find science fiction films thought-provoking, this could be the book for you...The scope of the book is wide, with a good grounding in basic physics and biology, and a lot of other information besides."

-New Scientist

"The idea of using science fiction films to convey science in an interesting way is sound, and anyone preparing a course using the genre should at least consult this book."



Leroy W. Dubeck is Professor of Physics at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Suzanne E. Moshier is Professor of Biology at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

Judith E. Boss is Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.


The triffids teach biology? The authors use scenes from science fiction films to illustrate fundamental concepts of physics, astronomy, and biology. Each film scene depicts a scientific principle, or its violation, reinforcing concepts taught in more traditional ways. Plot descriptions are given of the 32 films discussed, from /The Day the Earth Stood Still, to Total Recall. Includes exercises, examples, line illustrations, and movie stills. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)