The Science of Harry Potter

  • Filename: the-science-of-harry-potter.
  • ISBN: 0142003557
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 322
  • Author: Roger Highfield
  • Publisher: Penguin



A look at the scientific principles underpinning the magic of Harry Potter reveals some of the true magic behind science.

The Science of Harry Potter

  • Filename: the-science-of-harry-potter.
  • ISBN: 1440650993
  • Release Date: 2003-05-27
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Roger Highfield
  • Publisher: Penguin



Behind the magic of Harry Potter—a witty and illuminating look at the scientific principles, theories, and assumptions of the boy wizard's world, newly come to life again in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Can Fluffy the three-headed dog be explained by advances in molecular biology? Could the discovery of cosmic "gravity-shielding effects" unlock the secret to the Nimbus 2000 broomstick's ability to fly? Is the griffin really none other than the dinosaur Protoceratops? Roger Highfield, author of the critically acclaimed The Physics of Christmas, explores the fascinating links between magic and science to reveal that much of what strikes us as supremely strange in the Potter books can actually be explained by the conjurings of the scientific mind. This is the perfect guide for parents who want to teach their children science through their favorite adventures as well as for the millions of adult fans of the series intrigued by its marvels and mysteries. • An ALA Booklist Editors' Choice • From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Science of Harry Potter

  • Filename: the-science-of-harry-potter.
  • ISBN: 0755311515
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 374
  • Author: Roger Highfield
  • Publisher:



Invisibility cloaks, flying broomsticks, magic doors - all the stuff of children's fantasy. But have you ever wondered if this magic could feasibly work? Roger Highfield explores the world of the Harry Potter stories and shows how cutting edge science can explain much of it. Exciting scientific concepts such as wormholes and general relativity and he also offers explanations for the more historical links between magic and science, investigating the archaelogical and anthropological evidence for witchcraft and dragons.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

  • Filename: harry-potter-and-the-methods-of-rationality.
  • ISBN:
  • Release Date: 2010-02-28
  • Number of pages: 2001
  • Author: LessWrong aka Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • Publisher:



Petunia Evans married a biochemist, and Harry Potter grew up in a house filled to the brim with books, reading science and science fiction. Then came the Hogwarts letter, introducing strange new opportunities to exploit. And new friends, like Hermione Granger, and Draco Malfoy, and Professor Quirrell. HP:MoR is now complete at 122 chapters and 2000 pages. This mirror contains both the the flowing text directly from fanfiction.net, and the book style PDF from the tex code at github.com/rjl20/hpmor If you have suggestions, or wish to report a problem regarding this version of HP:MoR, contact me at [email protected] and I will try to fix it.

SCIENCE OF HARRY POTTER

  • Filename: science-of-harry-potter.
  • ISBN: 1631582372
  • Release Date: 2017-11-14
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Mark Brake
  • Publisher: Racehorse Publishing



Harry Potter has brought the idea of magic and sorcery into mainstream fruition more than any other book series in history. Often perceived as a supernatural force, magic captivates and delights its audience because of its seeming ability to defy physics and logic. But did you ever wonder if science has any explanation for these fantastic feats? The Science of Harry Potter examines the scientific principles behind some of your favorite characters, spells, items, and scenes from the Harry Potter universe, providing in-depth analysis and scientific facts to support its theories. The scientific questions examined within this book include: Will we ever see an invisibility cloak? How hazardous is a flying broomstick? How has medicine made powerful potions from peculiar plants? Can scientists ever demonstrate Wingardium Leviosa? Is it possible to stupefy someone? And many more! Witches and wizards alike will be fascinated by the merging of this improbable realm and real science.

The Politics of Harry Potter

  • Filename: the-politics-of-harry-potter.
  • ISBN: 9781137016546
  • Release Date: 2012-11-09
  • Number of pages: 182
  • Author: B. Barratt
  • Publisher: Springer



This political analysis of Harry Potter uses the beloved wizarding world to introduce readers to the equally murky and intimidating world of politics. Rowling's work provides us with entries into all of the most important political questions in history, from terrorism and human rights to the classic foundations of political thought.

Harry Potter s Bookshelf

  • Filename: harry-potter-s-bookshelf.
  • ISBN: 9781101133132
  • Release Date: 2009-07-07
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: John Granger
  • Publisher: Penguin



Harry Potter. The name conjures up J.K. Rowling's wondrous world of magic that has captured the imaginations of millions on both the printed page and the silver screen with bestselling novels and blockbuster films. The true magic found in this children's fantasy series lies not only in its appeal to people of all ages but in its connection to the greater world of classic literature. Harry Potter's Bookshelf: The Great Books Behind the Hogwarts Adventures explores the literary landscape of themes and genres J.K. Rowling artfully wove throughout her novels-and the influential authors and stories that inspired her. From Jane Austen's Emma and Charles Dickens's class struggles, through the gothic romances of Dracula and Frankenstein and the detective mysteries of Dorothy L. Sayers, to the dramatic alchemy of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and William Shakespeare, Rowling cast a powerful spell with the great books of English literature that transformed the story of a young wizard into a worldwide pop culture phenomenon.

The Unofficial Harry Potter Spellbook

  • Filename: the-unofficial-harry-potter-spellbook.
  • ISBN: 9781616991289
  • Release Date: 2013-09-11
  • Number of pages: 116
  • Author: Duncan Levy
  • Publisher: THiNKaha



Author and Harry Potter fan Duncan Levy recognizes that “Wingardium Leviosa” may be the most popular spell incantation from the world of Harry Potter, but he'd be the first to remind fans that it isn't the only one.

The Unofficial Harry Potter Spellbook is a comprehensive companion for fans looking to delve deeper into the magical world of Harry Potter. Written by fifteen-year-old author Duncan Levy, this extensive collection of spells is not only a fun treat for fans but an extensive look into the magic that fuels the universe of Harry Potter.

The books of Harry Potter were written by British author J.K Rowling. Since the first book's publication back in 1997, the Hogwarts universe has since taken the world by storm, spawning a series of highly successful films, and a whole line of official and unofficial books, toys, games, and clothing lines.

The Unofficial Harry Potter Spellbook takes fans one step closer to the world of Harry Potter by providing them with a convenient and fun way of finding out the different magical spells that were used in the books. The book covers everything from hexes, jinxes, and curses, to charms and healing spells. Whether you're looking for a quick-read magic guide or a fun addition to your growing collection of Harry Potter memorabilia, The Unofficial Harry Potter Spellbook is perfect for you.

The Unofficial Harry Potter Spellbook is part of the THiNKaha series whose slim and handy books contain 140 well-thought-out quotations (tweets/ahas).

Physics of the Impossible

  • Filename: physics-of-the-impossible.
  • ISBN: 9780141919348
  • Release Date: 2008-04-03
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Michio Kaku
  • Publisher: Penguin UK



Physics of the Impossible takes us on a journey to the frontiers of science and beyond, giving us an exhilarating insight into what we can really hope to achieve in the future. Everyday we see that what was once declared 'impossible' by scientists has become part of our everyday lives: fax machines, glass sky-scrapers, gas-powered automobiles and a worldwide communications network. Here internationally bestselling author Micho Kaku confidently hurdles today's frontier of science, revealing the actual possibilities of perpetual motion, force fields, invisibility, ray guns, anti-gravity and anti-matter, teleportation, telepathy, psychokinesis, robots and cyborgs, time travel, zero-point energy, even extraterrestrial life. And he shows how few of these ideas actually violate the laws of physics. Where does the realm of science fiction end? What can we really hope to achieve? 'Anything that is not impossible, is mandatory!' declares Kaku in this lucid, entertaining and enlightening read.

The End of Harry Potter

  • Filename: the-end-of-harry-potter.
  • ISBN: 9780575116801
  • Release Date: 2011-07-21
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: David Langford
  • Publisher: Hachette UK



THE END OF HARRY POTTER is the perfect companion volume for all Harry Potter fans. Award-winning writer and Potter fan David Langford delves into the six Harry Potter books to explore J.K. Rowling's universe and characters, and shows in detail how cleverly J.K. Rowling has woven her world. This is the book for you if you are one of the gazillions of readers who find themselves wondering about horcruxes and Deatheaters and Dark Lords ... Langford looks at questions like: *What are the remaining horcruxes, the places He Who Shall Not Be Named has stashed his soul so he can never die? *Does Harry himself bear a part of the Dark Lord's soul in his scar? *Is that why Harry understands Parseltongue - and if not, why does he speak the language of the serpentssss? *What will happen when Harry is technically a grown-up, and no longer under the protection of his Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia? *Is Albus Dumbledore really dead? *Whose side is Severus Snape really on? *Will Hogwarts survive the final, apocalyptic battle between Harry and You-Know-Who? Don't know the answers? Then read THE END OF HARRY POTTER!

Harry Potter and International Relations

  • Filename: harry-potter-and-international-relations.
  • ISBN: 9781461637233
  • Release Date: 2006-05-25
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Daniel H. Nexon
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers



Why not take seriously the claim that Harry Potter's world intertwines with our own? In this timely yet otherworldly volume, more than a dozen scholars of international relations join hands to demonstrate how this well-loved artifact of popular culture reflects and shapes our own lifeworld. A wide range of historical and sociological sources shows how Harry's world contains aspects of our own. Practices such as quidditch dovetail quite clearly with 'muggle' sports, and the very British-ness of the books has, in translation into languages such as Turkish and Arabic, been transformed to reflect these unique cultures. Chapters on the political economy of the franchise as well as the scholarly problems of studying popular culture frame what is essentially a highly info-taining read.

Harry Potter and History

  • Filename: harry-potter-and-history.
  • ISBN: 0470574720
  • Release Date: 2011-05-24
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Nancy Reagin
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



Provides the historical backdrop to the Harry Potter series, exploring the real history in which the magical world is rooted, from the European persecution of witches to how parchment, quills and scrolls were actually made. Original.

Harry Potter and the Millennials

  • Filename: harry-potter-and-the-millennials.
  • ISBN: 9781421410333
  • Release Date: 2013-05-20
  • Number of pages: 118
  • Author: Anthony Gierzynski
  • Publisher: JHU Press



Without a doubt the Harry Potter series has had a powerful effect on the Millennial Generation. Millions of children grew up immersed in the world of the boy wizard—reading the books, dressing up in costume to attend midnight book release parties, watching the movies, and even creating and competing in Quidditch tournaments. Beyond what we know of the popularity of the series, however, nothing has been published on the question of the Harry Potter effect on the politics of its young readers—now voting adults. Looking to engage his students in exploring the connections between political opinion and popular culture, Anthony Gierzynski conducted a national survey of more than 1,100 college students and examined these connections as well as Millennial politics. Harry Potter and the Millennials tells the fascinating story of how the team designed the study and gathered results, explains what conclusions can and cannot be drawn, and reveals the challenges social scientists face in studying political science, sociology, and mass communication. Specifically, the evidence indicates that Harry Potter fans are more open to diversity and are more politically tolerant than nonfans; fans are also less authoritarian, less likely to support the use of deadly force or torture, more politically active, and more likely to have had a negative view of the Bush administration. Furthermore, these differences do not disappear when controlling for other important predictors of these perspectives, lending support to the argument that the series indeed had an independent effect on its audience. In this clear and cogent account, Gierzynski demonstrates how social scientists develop and design research questions and studies. An appendix of questions and resulting data, including graphs and diagrams, will appeal especially to instructors seeking to explain the nuances of political socialization. Gierzynski’s captivating analysis of media’s impact on political views, combined with the enjoyable Potter story details, makes for an irresistible project that social scientists can use to work a little magic in their classrooms.

The Physics of Christmas

  • Filename: the-physics-of-christmas.
  • ISBN: 9780316054515
  • Release Date: 2008-12-14
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Roger Highfield
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books



Why might Rudolph's nose have been red? Why do we actually give Christmas gifts? Why has smell become an important component in the Christmas shopping experience? Roger Highfield, science editor of London's Daily Telegraph and co-author of the highly acclaimed The Arrow of Time, has taken a long-overdue look at our most cherished holiday from the rigorous (but highly entertaining) viewpoint of a scientist. What are the thermodynamics involved in cooking a turkey? What are the likely celestial candidates for the Star of Bethlehem? Is the concept of a virgin birth scientifically feasible? What happens to us physically when we overindulge in alcohol? How does snow form? Why are we always depressed after Christmas? How does Santa manage to deliver all those presents in one night? (He has, in fact, little over two ten- thousands of a second to get between each of the 842 million households he must visit.) The Physics of Christmas is that rare science book that manages to be as delightful as it is informative.

Can Reindeer Fly

  • Filename: can-reindeer-fly.
  • ISBN: 9781474602723
  • Release Date: 2015-09-24
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Roger Highfield
  • Publisher: Hachette UK



How does snow form? Why are we always depressed after Christmas? How does Santa manage to deliver all those presents in one night? (He has, in fact, little over two ten-thousandths of a second to get between each of the 842 million households he must visit.) This book contains information on how drugs might make us see flying reindeer, how pollution is affecting the shape of Christmas trees, and the intriguing correlation between the length of our Christmas card list and brain size.

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