A Teaspoon and an Open Mind: What Would an Alien Look Like? Is Time Travel Possible? and Other Intergalactic Conumdrums from the World of Doctor Who

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Penguin Adult, Nov 3, 2005 - Science - 192 pages
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How do you build a Tardis? What are the secrets of teleportation? Could Cybermen take over the world? Is telepathy possible even for an alien? Will extra-terrestrials one day visit planet earth on their travels through the galaxy? Can a robotic dog catch a cold ?

Take a journey with the Time Lords as Michael White guides us through the real science behind Doctor Who. Here he shows us how one of the world s best-loved science-fiction programmes is actually based on genuine theories some of which could soon become a reality. Drawing on the latest discoveries, on shows from Star Trek to The X-Files and films like Twelve Monkeys and Contact, he asks (among other things): is time travel possible through a wormhole? What are the dangers? Could we make contact with life on other planets? How could aliens get here? And how soon until creatures like the Daleks become a reality? He also looks at areas as varied as crystal power, robotics, shape-shifting and multi-dimensions, not to mention the mysterious science of chameleon technology currently under study by major military research organizations. We even discover how, with the use of cybernetics to replace body parts or maybe regenerate whole bodies Doctor Who could hold the key to eternal life.

A book for avid fans and the merely curious, A Teaspoon and an Open Mind reveals that reality is even stranger than science fiction

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Michael White is the author of some twenty-five books, which have appeared in more than 150 editions around the world. His titles include international bestsellers, Stephen Hawking: A Life In Science, Leonardo: The First Scientist, Tolkien: A Biography and The Science of the X-Files. He divides his time between London and Perth, Western Australia.

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