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Fake Physics: Spoofs, Hoaxes and Fictitious Science, by Andrew May, (electronic resource)

Label
Fake Physics: Spoofs, Hoaxes and Fictitious Science
Title
Fake Physics: Spoofs, Hoaxes and Fictitious Science
Statement of responsibility
by Andrew May
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Author
Author
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Language
eng
Summary
People are used to seeing “fake physics” in science fiction – concepts like faster-than-light travel, antigravity and time travel to name a few. The fiction label ought to be a giveaway, but some SF writers – especially those with a background in professional science – are so adept at “technobabble” that it can be difficult to work out what is fake and what is real. To confuse matters further, Isaac Asimov’s 1948 piece about the fictitious time-travelling substance thiotimoline was written, not as a short story, but in the form of a spoof research paper. The boundaries between fact and fiction can also be blurred by physicists themselves - sometimes unintentionally, sometimes with tongue-in-cheek, sometimes to satirize perceived weaknesses in research practices. Examples range from hoaxes aimed at exposing poor editorial standards in academic publications, through “thought experiments” that sound like the plot of a sci-fi movie to April Fools’ jokes. Even the latter may carry a serious message, whether about the sociology of science or poking fun at legitimate but far-out scientific hypotheses. This entertaining book is a joyous romp exploring the whole spectrum of fake physics – from science to fiction and back again
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May, Andrew
Dewey number
530
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Image bit depth
0
LC call number
QC1-75
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Science and Fiction,
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  • Physics
  • Popular Science in Physics
  • Physics, general
Label
Fake Physics: Spoofs, Hoaxes and Fictitious Science, by Andrew May, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Antecedent source
mixed
Carrier category
online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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not applicable
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Science Fiction Posing as Science Fact -- The Relativity of Wrong -- The Art of Technobabble -- Spoofs in Science Journals -- April Fool -- Making a Point -- Thinking Outside the Box -- Appendix: Science for Crackpots
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed. 2019.
Extent
1 online resource (X, 170 p. 33 illus., 21 illus. in color.)
File format
multiple file formats
Form of item
online
Isbn
9783030133146
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uncompressed
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1007/978-3-030-13314-6
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absent
Reformatting quality
access
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (CKB)4100000007938098
  • (DE-He213)978-3-030-13314-6
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC5836927
  • (EXLCZ)994100000007938098
Label
Fake Physics: Spoofs, Hoaxes and Fictitious Science, by Andrew May, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
mixed
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
not applicable
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Science Fiction Posing as Science Fact -- The Relativity of Wrong -- The Art of Technobabble -- Spoofs in Science Journals -- April Fool -- Making a Point -- Thinking Outside the Box -- Appendix: Science for Crackpots
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed. 2019.
Extent
1 online resource (X, 170 p. 33 illus., 21 illus. in color.)
File format
multiple file formats
Form of item
online
Isbn
9783030133146
Level of compression
uncompressed
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1007/978-3-030-13314-6
Quality assurance targets
absent
Reformatting quality
access
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (CKB)4100000007938098
  • (DE-He213)978-3-030-13314-6
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC5836927
  • (EXLCZ)994100000007938098

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