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Title: The Physics of Space Battles
Post by: Bug Lee on December 17, 2009, 11:35 AM

Fascinating stuff if anyone is interested. This is a PHD candidate in Aerospace engineering talking about how battles in space might actually work

http://gizmodo.com/5426453/the-physics-of-space-battles?skyline=true&s=x

Enjoy,

Bug
Title: Re: The Physics of Space Battles
Post by: annastan on December 17, 2009, 01:50 PM
My husband just sent this to me. Some of it is over my head, but it's so interesting!
Title: Re: The Physics of Space Battles
Post by: Joni on December 17, 2009, 11:17 PM
Good one!
Title: Re: The Physics of Space Battles
Post by: tandemom06 on December 22, 2009, 04:11 AM
Saw a show about this on the Discovery Channel. Star Wars is much cooler without the reality check!
Title: Re: The Physics of Space Battles
Post by: fallpeople on December 23, 2009, 09:19 AM
Awesome, thanks a lot!
Title: Re: The Physics of Space Battles
Post by: RyanBruner on January 05, 2010, 12:43 PM
When the new (well, now off the air, but the newer) Battlestar Gallatica first came out, I loved that they really tried to make the physics of the space battles realistic compared to what had been done in past TV shows. 

But the fact is, people tend not to want a reality check when it comes to entertainment.  Include enough reality, but don't go too far, or you'll probably annoy your audience.  It needs to still be something people can relate to from personal experience...and so a gravity-based system with friction and air resistance is the reality most of us understand.
Title: Re: The Physics of Space Battles
Post by: sjkincaid on January 17, 2010, 08:20 AM
Firefly did one thing the other shows didn't have right: there was no sound in space. I'm pretty sure Battlestar had the sound of explosions, etc.
Title: Re: The Physics of Space Battles
Post by: amberlough on May 14, 2010, 06:47 AM
Just throwing this out there...my husband is getting his PhD in Physics, focusing mostly on gravitational wave theory. If anyone has any questions while writing a sci-fi book (or anything involving physics), let me know and I'll give you his email address. He'd love to help. He has read a plethora of Sci-Fi, although the most recent book he read was Catching Fire, which doesn't have a lot of physics involved. Anyway, he is one of the many that is a little irritated by the liberal molding of physics in books and would like to help anyone out who wants to avoid that.

Title: Re: The Physics of Space Battles
Post by: nhatch on May 27, 2010, 06:43 PM
My daughter, a sophomore physics major, just attended the American Physics Society conference in Portland. She had a great time. One of her favorite presentations was on the physics of superheroes. Her stories about it were quite entertaining.