Physics in Science Fiction

The following is a "slides and notes" version of a talk, written and presented to the Johns Hopkins University Society of Physics Students by Andrew E. Love Jr, a long-standing subscriber, and frequent contributor, to the Larry Niven mail list.

Which Science?


The sciences usually associated with Science Fiction are physics, biology and sociology (broadly understood as including economics and group psychology), but one also runs across chemistry and linguistics and more unusual choices.

Today I'll be talking about stories with structures and events that can be analyzed with current, easy physics (by easy, I mean of course, physics that I can write and solve equations about).

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