Lawrence Krauss is a professor of Physics, but he is also a Star Trek fan, and that’s what makes this book wonderful. He uses his knowledge of the laws of the Universe to analyze every device used by the crew of the Enterprise to understand what kind of technologies presented in the world of Star Trek could be realized in the future or what is physically impossible and will remain just a “trekker dream”.
The author explained the latest theories of relativity and quantum physics with impressive simplicity so that the book doesn’t result heavy for any kind of reader. He describes, thanks to the specifics given by the “Star Trek Technical Manual”, the mechanics of some technologies like the transporter, the holodeck and the warp engines, and reveals us the mysteries of the Universe: dark matter, extraterrestrial life, black holes, additional dimensions… His great enthusiasm will certainly beam you up to the NCC-1701!
I’d suggest reading this book to every Trekker, so that he could find out if one day there will be a real Kirk or if he will be forever a legend.
A short and very interesting book, that clearly shows how and why all the beautiful things seen in TV are, in large part, quite unlikely to happen soon... :(
Also contains an excellent explanation of Einstein's relativity and its effects.