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The science of Philip Pullman's His dark materials

Author: Mary Gribbin; John Gribbin
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, [2005]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy is renowned for its mystery and magic. What's the truth behind it all? Is the golden compass actually based in science? How does the subtle knife cut through anything? Could there be a bomb like the one made with Lyra's hair? How do the Gallivespians' lodestone resonators really work? And, of course, what are the Dark Materials? Drawing on string theory and spacetime,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Philip Pullman; Philip Pullman; Philip Pullman; Philip Pullman; Philip Pullman
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Gribbin; John Gribbin
ISBN: 0375831444 9780375831447 0375931449 9780375931444
OCLC Number: 56404861
Notes: Originally published: London : Hodder Children's Books, 2003.
Description: xix, 203 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Bright materials: the secret of science, and all the stars that shine --
Dark materials: the hidden world, and the nature of dust --
Northern lights: lights in the sky, and the magnetic web --
Golden compass: the meaning of truth, and the unconscious --
Other worlds: worlds beyond the world, and the quantum cat --
Subtle knife: hidden dimensions, and how to cut them --
Worlds of if: the power of choice, and a balancing act --
Living together: the nature of wheels, hummingbirds, and the living planet --
Amber spyglass: how to see invisible light, and the way scientists work --
Entanglement: love is all you need.
Other Titles: His dark materials
Responsibility: Mary and John Gribbin ; with an introduction by Philip Pullman.
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Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy is renowned for its mystery and magic. What's the truth behind it all? Is the golden compass actually based in science? How does the subtle knife cut through anything? Could there be a bomb like the one made with Lyra's hair? How do the Gallivespians' lodestone resonators really work? And, of course, what are the Dark Materials? Drawing on string theory and spacetime, quantum physics and chaos theory, award-winning science writers Mary and John Gribbin reveal the real science behind Philip Pullman's bestselling fantasy trilogy in entertaining and crystal-clear prose.

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