Star Wars, or Star Wars for the most nostalgic, is a concentrate of futuristic technology that has allowed the beings of those worlds to conquer the galaxy (a very distant one). More than once we have asked ourselves if and when this technology will ever be possible . The question is undoubtedly difficult and to answer one should understand: how could it be achieved today? Luca Perri in his book “The science of Star Wars. From the Millennium Falcon to the lightsaber: what is "fanta" and what is "science" " , to be released on April 27, embarks on a journey that will lead to answering many questions about what lies behind the cinematic universe it does dream of the world since 1977.
The science of Star Wars: the relationship between science and science fiction
Science needs science fiction because only through imagination and fantasy (indeed!) Can we imagine new possibilities, new worlds and new discoveries . Science fiction without science remains an empty, unlikely shell. But in our case in question: how much science fiction behind the wonderful world of Star Wars has made use of science to create scenes and objects that have now remained in the common imagination such as lightsabers, hyperspace and droids?
Luca Perri, a very active science writer on social media, has asked himself so he will try to give an answer . “How much has science fiction drawn from real science to recreate these worlds and civilizations? Do we know how to build a lightsaber on Earth? What Death Star technologies have we already developed? How much would it cost to make the Millennium Falcon? And would we be able to fly it into an asteroid belt? " we have to read the book to find out!
The science of Star Wars: for hardcore fans but not only
In the form of an interactive quiz, in the style of "Who wants to be a millionaire?", The author will range and accompany us in the fields of science: from physics to biology, from astronomy to engineering, from economics to chemistry, to demonstrate that science and science fiction are now a winning combination and never one way.
At the base of science is curiosity, and asking questions that no one has yet asked. But to do this, you need your imagination. The moral is that you always have to follow your fantasy, because we don't know where it could lead us.
We talked about Star Wars, but who is Luca Perri?
Luca Perri is an astrophysicist of the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) but also a scientific popularizer engaged on social networks. He has collaborated with Kilimangiaro (Rai 3), Rai 2, Radio2, Radio Deejay, Radio24, Radio Capital, Repubblica, Corriere della Sera, Le Scienze, Focus, Focus Junior, CICAP, TeDx, Genoa Science Festival and Lucca Comics & Games .
He can also boast of being the Italian champion and international finalist of FameLab 2015, a talent show on scientific dissemination. He is Scientific Coordinator of Bergamoscienza and host of several Rai Cultura programs, including “Nautilus” and “Superquark +” with Piero Angela. Together with Adrian Fartade, a well-known scientific popularizer, he published the podcasts “VS – Towards space” and “IgNobel – the usefulness of scientific uselessness” for Audible.
He has written other books, always with an informative purpose, which have been translated into other languages: "La pazza Scienza" (Sironi Editore), "Galactic Errors" (DeAgostini), "Astrobufale" (Rizzoli, winner of the COSMOS Student Award 2019), " Departures a Rocket "(DeAgostini, finalist in the National Award for Scientific Dissemination for Children 2020)," Penguins at the equator "(DeAgostini) and" The science of Star Wars "(Rizzoli). You just have to read the book to once again enter the fantastic world of Star Wars !
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