Fringe Science: Parallel Universes, White Tulips, and Mad Scientists

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Kevin R. Grazier
BenBella Books, 2011 - Performing Arts - 252 pages
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Fringe has always been more than the sum of its parts--but its parts, too, are worth a closer look. The show combines a surfeit of mad science, some old-school sci-fi flair, and a dash of strawberry-milkshake whimsy to create the challenging, fascinating Pattern that keeps us coming back season after season and universe after universe.

Now, inFringe Science, cutting-edge scientists, science writers, and science fiction authors and historians provide a smart, savvy, and accessible look at the world(s) ofFringe.

MIT physics professorMax Tegmark illuminates the real-life possibilities of parallel universes
Stephen Cass, founding editor ofDiscover's Science Not Fiction blog and a Senior Editor withTechnology Review, unravelsFringe's use of time travel
Award-winning science fiction historianAmy H. Sturgis walks us through the show's literary and television ancestors, from the 1800s on
Television Without Pity staff writerJacob Clifton looks at the role of the scientist, and scientific redemption, through the ever-shifting role of Massive Dynamic
Garth Sundem, bestselling author ofBrain Candy, explores the mysterious way that memory works, from why Walter forgets to how Olivia remembers
And more, from lab cow Gene's scientific r sum to why the Observers should be wearing white lab coats
 

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Contents

in search of Fringes literary Ancestors
17
the return of 1950s science Fiction in Fringe
37
parallel Universes
53
déjà new
81
the malleability of memory
97
Fringe diseases
113
the Fringes of neurotechnology
131
of white tulips and wormholes
157
moo
183
Fringe doubleBlinded me with science
213
massive dynamic
235
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Kevin R. Grazier, PhD, has been a research scientist at NASA, served as the science advisor for shows like Eureka and Battlestar Galactica, and lectured on astronomy, cosmology, and other out-of-this-world topics at UCLA and Santa Monica College.

Contributors to Fringe Science include: Brendan Allison, Amy Berner, Bruce Bethke, Mike Brotherton, Stephen Cass, Jacob Clifton, Jovana Grbic, Robert Jeschonek, Paul Levinson, Nick Mamatas, Amy H. Sturgis, Garth Sundem, and David Thomas

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