Fire, Ice, and Physics: The Science of Game of Thrones, Rebecca C. Thompson
  • List: $20.00  |  Sale: $14.00
    Club: $10.00
    • Facebook Share
    • Twitter Share
    • Pinterest Share

Details

Fire, Ice, and Physics: The Science of Game of Thrones

Author: Rebecca C. Thompson

Narrator: Sean Carroll, Lisa Flanagan

Unabridged: 10 hr 28 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Random House Audio

Published: 10/29/2019

Genre: Science - Physics

Includes: Bonus PDF

Synopsis

Exploring the science in George R. R. Martin's fantastical world, from the physics of an ice wall to the genetics of the Targaryens and Lannisters.

Game of Thrones is a fantasy that features a lot of made-up science--fabricated climatology (when is winter coming?), astronomy, metallurgy, chemistry, and biology. Most fans of George R. R. Martin's fantastical world accept it all as part of the magic. A trained scientist, watching the fake science in Game of Thrones, might think, "But how would it work?"

In Fire, Ice, and Physics, Rebecca Thompson turns a scientist's eye on Game of Thrones, exploring, among other things, the science of an ice wall, the genetics of the Targaryen and Lannister families, and the biology of beheading. Thompson, a PhD in physics and an enthusiastic Game of Thrones fan, uses the fantasy science of the show as a gateway to some interesting real science, introducing GOT fandom to a new dimension of appreciation.

Thompson starts at the beginning, with winter, explaining seasons and the very elliptical orbit of the Earth that might cause winter to come (or not come). She tells us that ice can behave like ketchup, compares regular steel to Valyrian steel, explains that dragons are "bats, but with fire," and considers Targaryen inbreeding. Finally she offers scientific explanations of the various types of fatal justice meted out, including beheading, hanging, poisoning (reporting that the effects of "the Strangler," administered to Joffrey at the Purple Wedding, resemble the effects of strychnine), skull crushing, and burning at the stake.

Even the most faithful Game of Thrones fans will learn new and interesting things about the show from Thompson's entertaining and engaging account. Fire, Ice, and Physics is an essential companion for all future bingeing.

This audiobook includes a bonus PDF of charts, figures, and illustrations.

Recommended

Storm in a Teacup The Physics of Everyday Life, Helen Czerski
Storm in a Teacup
by Helen Czerski

List: $20.00

Sale: $14.00

Club: $10.00

Narrator: Chloe Massey
Published: 01/10/2017

Parallel Worlds A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos, Michio Kaku
Parallel Worlds
by Michio Kaku

List: $22.50

Sale: $15.75

Club: $11.25

Narrator: Marc Vietor
Published: 07/05/2016

Reality Is Not What It Seems The Journey to Quantum Gravity, Carlo Rovelli
Reality Is Not What It Seems
by Carlo Rovelli

List: $17.50

Sale: $12.25

Club: $8.75

Narrator: Simon Carnell
Published: 01/24/2017

Now The Physics of Time - and the Ephemeral Moment that Einstein Could Not Explain, Richard A Muller
Now
by Richard A Muller

List: $20.00

Sale: $14.00

Club: $10.00

Narrator: Christopher Grove
Published: 09/20/2016

The Quantum Labyrinth How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality, Paul Halpern
The Quantum Labyrinth
by Paul Halpern

List: $25.98

Sale: $18.19

Club: $12.99

Narrator: Brian Troxell
Published: 10/17/2017

The Big Picture On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself, Sean Carroll
The Big Picture
by Sean Carroll

List: $25.00

Sale: $17.50

Club: $12.50

Narrator: Sean Carroll
Published: 05/10/2016

Physics of the Future How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100, Michio Kaku
Physics of the Future
by Michio Kaku

List: $22.50

Sale: $15.75

Club: $11.25

Narrator: Feodor Chin
Published: 03/15/2011

Scale The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life, in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies, Geoffrey West
Scale
by Geoffrey West

List: $27.50

Sale: $19.25

Club: $13.75

Narrator: Bruce Mann
Published: 05/16/2017

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Carlo Rovelli
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
by Carlo Rovelli

List: $12.50

Sale: $8.75

Club: $6.25

Narrator: Carlo Rovelli
Published: 03/01/2016
{"id":"3426482","ean":"9780593207048","abr":"Unabridged","title":"Fire, Ice, and Physics: The Science of Game of Thrones","subtitle":"The Science of Game of Thrones","author":"Rebecca C. Thompson","rating_average":"0","narrator":"Sean Carroll","ubr_id":"3426482","abr_id":"0","ubr_price":"20.00","abr_price":"0.00","ubr_memprice":"13.00","abr_memprice":"0.00","ubr_narrator":"Sean Carroll","abr_narrator":"","ubr_length":"Unabridged: 9 hr 40 min","abr_length":"Abridged: "}