Get ready to jump beyond the red line as we look at the fabric of the Trek universe! Warp drive expert and “Tattooed Gravity Queen” Dr. Erin Macdonald joins the show to talk about the astrophysics of Star Trek, the power needed for warp drive (all of it), the importance of female representation in sci-fi, the “Scully effect”, the resilience of relativity, the mystery of dark matter and dark energy, and Dr. Macdonald weighs in on the science behind some classic Trek episodes!
Plus, we discuss why your high school physics teacher lied to you, staying away from squishy science, non-delicious spaghetti, wormholes and where to find them, the multidisciplinary genius(?) of Zefram Cochrane, ripping space like a shirt, the Novikov Self-Consistency Principle, how DS9 aims time travel right at your heart, and we get lost trying to remember the plot of Interstellar!
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The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence krauss
Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku
Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive by Ethan Siegel
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swan
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Listen to “Season 4, Episode 3.5 Supplemental: Trek Physics with Dr. Erin Macdonald” on Spreaker.