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About Mark Brake
Mark has done science communication work in film, television, print, and radio on five continents. He has communicated science for NASA, Seattle's Science Fiction Museum, the BBC, the Royal Institution, the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Nature, the British Council, and the National Science Museum of Thailand. Mark is perhaps best known for his work in popularising the relationship between space, science and culture.
Mark's books include a series of 'Science of' books ('Star Wars', 'Harry Potter', and 'Superheroes'), those written about the relationship between science and fiction ('Different Engines' and 'FutureWorld'), those communicating science for a younger public ('The Big Earth Book', 'Space Hoppers', 'Really, Really Big Questions about Space and Time', 'The Alien Hunters Handbook' and 'How To Be A Space Explorer'), and two rather more academic works ('Revolution in Science: How Galileo and Darwin Changed our World' and 'Introducing Science Communication').
Mark's book with Cambridge University Press, 'Alien Life Imagined: Communicating the Science and Culture of Astrobiology', was published in November 2012. Since 2016, Mark has worked with Skyhorse Publishing in Manhattan on his series of 'Science of' books, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, and James Bond.
Mark's books have been translated into over a dozen languages, including Dutch, German, Chinese, Croatian, Italian, Japanese, Spanish (Mexico), Turkish, Czech, Slovak, Russian, and Polish.
An audiobook version of Science of Star Wars is available here: https://adbl.co/2pJSsoR
More information on Mark's work can be found at his website www.markbrake.org/
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From Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, James Bond is the highest-grossing movie franchise of all time. Out-grossing Star Wars, Harry Potter, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the world’s most iconic and international secret agent has a shelf life of almost six decades, from Dr. No to Spectre. As nuclear missile threats are replaced by a series of subtler threats in a globalized and digital world, Bond is with us still.
In The Science of James Bond, we recognize the Bond franchise as a unique genre: spy-fi. A genre of film and fiction that fuses spy fiction with science fiction. We look at Bond’s obsessions with super-villains, the future, and world domination or destruction. And we take a peek under the hood of trends in science and tech, often in the form of gadgets and spy devices in chapters such as:
- Goldfinger: Man Has Achieved Miracles in All Fields but Crime!
- You Only Live Twice: The Race to Conquer Space
- Live and Let Die: Full Throttle: Bond and the Car
- Skyfall: The Science of Cyberterrorism
- And more!
This is the only James Bond companion that looks at the film and fiction in such a spy-fi way, taking in weapon wizards, the chemistry of death, threads of nuclear paranoia, and Bond baddies’ obsession with the master race!
Capturing the imagination and hearts of crowds worldwide, Star Wars is a fantastic feat of science fiction and fantasy. The Science of Star Wars addresses 50 topics that span the movies’ universe such as battle technology, alien life, space travel, etc. You’ll find fascinating explorations of the physics of Star Wars, its plausibility, and more. The perfect Star Wars gift for fans of the saga, this book addresses many unanswered, burning questions, including:
We marvel at the variety of creatures and technology and the mystery behind the force. But how much of the Star Wars world is rooted in reality? Could we see some of the extraordinary inventions materialize in our world? This uncomplicated, entertaining read makes it easy to understand how advanced physics concepts, such as wormholes and Einstein’s theory of relativity, apply to the Star Wars universe.
The Science of Star Wars explains to non-technical readers how physics and fantasy might merge to allow for the possibility of interstellar travel; communication with foreign but intelligent lifeforms; human-like robots; alien planets fit for human life; weapons and spacecraft such as laser guns, light sabers, and the Millennium Falcon; and Force-like psychokinetic powers.
In the 21st Century, we’re on the edge of developing much of the technology from “a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away”… These fantasies aren’t as impossible as you might think! Written for every fan of George Lucas’s films, you don’t need to be a Jedi or an astrophysicist at NASA to appreciate all of Mark Brake and Jon Chase’s fun and informative analysis of this classic series in The Science of Star Wars. Prepare your mind to make the jump to light speed and find out about the facts behind one of our favorite modern epics!
The concept of the superhero has permeated our culture. They fascinate their fans with their incredible superhuman abilities and impressive technology. But do you ever wonder if any of it is plausible or rooted in fact?
Enter The Science of Superheroes, which address more than fifty topics that span the worlds of your favorite superheroes and villains. Explore and examine their amazing abilities and fantastic gadgets with a detailed scientific lens.
The scientific questions examined within this book include:
- Can an Iron Man suit be made?
- How does Thor's hammer work?
- Could any known forms of radiation cause superpowers?
- How many calories does Superman need each day?
- Could you cross a Lamborghini and a hummer to make the Batmobile Tumbler?
- And many more!
Whether you're a movie or comic buff, this book is certain to entertain and open your eyes to the truth behind these amazing characters.
The story of the boy who lived has brought the idea of magic and sorcery into mainstream fruition more than any other book series in history. Modern muggle scientists have uncovered explanations to the seemingly impossible, including answers to such questions as:
Often perceived as a supernatural force, magic captivates and delights its audience because of its seeming ability to defy physics and logic. But did you ever wonder if science has any explanation for these fantastic feats?
The Science of Harry Potter examines the scientific principles—behind some of your favorite characters, spells, items, scenes, and even games like Quidditch and Wizard’s Chess—from boy wizard Harry Potter’s world, providing in-depth analysis and scientific facts to support its theories. Author Mark Brake, whose The Science of Star Wars was a knockout success, has found the answers to satisfy the curious spirits of muggles everywhere…
A perfect Harry Potter gift for anyone obsessed enough to stand in line to be the first to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, witches and wizards alike will be fascinated by the merging of this improbable realm and real science!
Planet Earth. Four elements. One incredible story. Lonely Planet Kids' The Big Earth Book takes children on a rollercoaster ride through history, geography, science and more to show how four elements - earth, fire, air and water - created the world and everything that exists today. Amazing facts, photography and illustrations bring our planet and its past to life in an exciting, engaging way.
Written by Mark Brake, a science writer and broadcaster who's worked for NASA, the BBC and the National Science Museum of Thailand, and created in consultation with Dr Mike Goldsmith, a research scientist and writer with a PhD in astrophysics from Keele University in the UK.
- How the Earth was formed
- The structure of the Earth
- Plate tectonics and rocks
- Earthquakes and volcanoes
- Humans in the stone age
- Hunter-gatherers and farming
- Fossils and digging for treasure
- DNA: the code of life
- Ingredients for fire
- Fire and humans
- The history of fire
- The dangers of wildfire
- The Great Fire of London
- Gunpowder and fireworks
- The combustion engine
- Carbon and global warming
- What's air made of?
- The Northern Lights
- How animals learned to fly
- Dinosaurs in the air
- Birds and bats
- The history of flight
- Speech and language
- Music and instruments
- Weather and climate
- The origins of water
- Rivers and oceans
- The water cycle
- The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
- Canals, bridges and dams
- Exploring the seas
- The age of exploration
- Tsunamis and waterfalls
About Lonely Planet Kids: Come explore! Let's start an adventure. Lonely Planet Kids excites and educates children about the amazing world around them. Combining astonishing facts, quirky humour and eye-catching imagery, we ignite their curiosity and encourage them to discover more about our planet. Every book draws on our huge team of global experts to help share our continual fascination with what makes the world such a diverse and magnificent place - inspiring children at home and in school.
Important Notice: The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.
Media headlines declare this the age of automation. The TV talks about the coming revolution of the robot, tweets tell tales of jets that will ferry travelers to the edge of space, and social media reports that the first human to live for a thousand years has already been born. The science we do, the movies we watch, and the culture we consume is the stuff of fiction that became fact, the future imagined in our past—the future we now inhabit.
The Science of Science Fiction is the story of how science fiction shaped our world. No longer a subculture, science fiction has moved into the mainstream with the advent of the information age it helped realize. Explore how science fiction has driven science, with topics that include:
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Is Space Full of Extraterrestrials?
- Jacking In: Will the Future Be Like Ready Player One?
- Mad Max: Is Society Running down into Chaos?
- The Internet: Will Humans Tire of Mere Reality?
- Blade Runner 2049: When Will We Engineer Human Lookalikes?
- And many more!
“This book is the story of how science fiction shaped our world. No longer a subculture, science fiction has moved into the mainstream with the advent of the information age it helped realize. Explore how science fiction has driven science. This book will open your eyes to the way science fiction helped us dream of things to come, forced us to uncover the nature and limits of our own reality, and helped us build the science-fiction-driven world we live in today.”
With well over two hundred episodes and a dozen seasons, The Big Bang Theory is one of America’s favorite television series, bringing a new class of character to mainstream television: the science nerd.
In spite of its evident popularity and influence in shaping public attitudes to science and scientists, there are relatively few books that explore the show’s culture and social dimension. The Science of The Big Bang Theory looks behind the comedy scenes and scripts of this long-running and successful TV show to explore topics such as:
This book is a light-hearted science companion to TV's The Big Bang Theory, providing you with just the kind of dissection of the science and culture you’d need to understand “math, science, history, unraveling the mysteries, that all started with the big bang! Hey!”
Everything young explorers needs to know to travel in space, covering what life in zero gravity is like, how to find your way around the solar system, and the all-important question of how to pee in a spacesuit!
Unique illustrations take kids to the heart of the action and amazing photos show what the universe is really like.
Incredible stories of real-life space exploration for kids aged 8 and up, by author and astrobiologist Professor Mark Brake.
- More than 300 amazing photographs
- The perfect present for every aspirant astronaut!
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Jam-packed with aliens, time machines, spaceships, cyborgs and the end of time, discover how sci-fi has helped build the world in which we live.
Of the fifty biggest-selling movies of all time, most are sci-fi films. Ten million viewers tune in each week to watch Doctor Who. And in the ever-expanding world of computer games, sci-fi titles rule. Yet our futuristic world was imagined long ago. Dreamt up in the minds of movie directors and classic sci-fi stories. And now it's the world we live in. How did THAT happen?! As space tourism becomes a reality and the first human to live to 1000 has already been born, it's about time you found out!
This book will appeal to fans of The Horrible Histories series.
Includes fantastic science facts!