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Fantastic voyages : learning science through science fiction films

Author: Leroy W Dubeck; Suzanne E Moshier; Judith E Boss
Publisher: New York : Springer, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Dubeck, Leroy W., 1939-
Fantastic voyages.
New York : Springer, ©2004
(DLC) 2003042458
(OCoLC)51607600
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Leroy W Dubeck; Suzanne E Moshier; Judith E Boss
ISBN: 0387215883 9780387215884 6610188890 9786610188895 1280188898 9781280188893
OCLC Number: 56096628
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 347 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction --
Science --
Mechanics --
Astronomy --
Electricity and magnetism --
Atomic and nuclear physics --
Relativity and time --
The states of matter --
Heat, temperature, and thermodynamics --
Wave motion and sound --
Global warming and the greenhouse effect --
Characteristics of living things --
Cellular reproduction --
The energy needs of living things --
Plants and animals compared --
Multicellularity and immunity --
Evolution --
Films with literary commentary --
Films without literary commentary.
Responsibility: Leroy W. Dubeck, Suzanne E. Moshier, Judith E. Boss.

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By revealing the facts behind the fiction of some of the finest films in the sci-fi genre, "Fantastic Voyages" offers a novel approach to teaching science: using scenes from science fiction films to  Read more...

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