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Fire, Ice, and Physics by Rebecca C. Thompson
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Fire, Ice, and Physics by Rebecca C. Thompson
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Nov 10, 2020 | ISBN 9780262539616

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“In a world full of magic, there are still scientific rules that this alternate universe plays by. Rebecca Thompson guides the reader through what we know and what might be possible based on known science, blurring the mental lines we’ve drawn to separate fantasy from reality.” – Ethan Siegel, theoretical astrophysicist; author of Treknology and Beyond the Galaxy

“Even if you can’t tell a White Walker from a White Russian, you’ll find Becky Thompson’s Fire, Ice, and Physics to be endlessly rewarding. From how to build an ice wall to how to make Valyrian steel to the aerodynamics of dragons, this fun and engaging book is full of clearly explained physics and real-world applications. I couldn’t put it down!” – James Kakalios, Taylor Distinguished Physics Professor at the University of Minnesota; author of The Physics of Superheroes

“From the biophysics of dragon fire to the engineering of ice walls, this book gives all the material you need to elevate those Game of Thrones conversations to even higher levels.” – Clifford Johnson, Professor of Physics, University of Southern California; author of The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe

Table Of Contents

1. Winter is Coming. Or is it? Seasons in Westeros
2. And Now My Watch Begins: The Science of an Ice Wall
3. North of the Wall: How to Survive in the Cold
4. White Walkers, Zombies, Parasites, and Statistics
5. Regular Steel, Made in Pittsburgh
6. Valyrian Steel, Made in Damascus
7. Dragon Biology: Bats but with Fire
8. How to Kill a White Walker: The Physics of Dragonglass
9. Harrenhal: Can Fire Melt Stone? Take Down a Wall?
10. The Battle of Blackwater: The Science of Wildfire
11. Houses Targaryen and Lannister: The Genetics of a Family Tree with Few Branches
12. We Do Not Sow: The Science of The Sea
13. The King’s Justice: The Biology of a Gruesome Death

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