The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials by Mary Gribbin

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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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Mary and John Gribbin are award-winning science writers for both adults and children whose books include Eyewitness: Time & Space. John Gribbin has a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Cambridge and is a Research Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Sussex. The Gribbins live on the Sussex coast in England with two sons, one dog, one cat.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published December 24, 2008 by Laurel Leaf. 224 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Science & Math, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Bobbing along in the wake of Roger Highfield’s Science of Harry Potter (2002), this less-wide-ranging commentary uses select ideas and gadgets from Pullman’s epic as springboards for discussions of Newtonian and quantum physics, dark matter, magnetism, multiple universes, chaos theory and a few o...

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Science writers Mary and John Gribbin reveal how the His Dark Materials trilogy is steeped in string theory and spacetime, quantum physics and chaos, symbiosis, entanglement and cold dark matter.

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