The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials (Mass Market Paperbound)

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Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy is renowned for its mystery and magic. What's the truth behind it all? Is the golden compass actually based in science? How does the subtle knife cut through anything? Could there be a bomb like the one made with Lyra's hair? How do the Gallivespians lodestone resonators really work? And, of course, what are the Dark Materials? Drawing on string theory and spacetime, quantum physics and chaos theory, award-winning science writers Mary and John Gribbin reveal the real science behind Philip Pullman's bestselling fantasy trilogy in entertaining and crystal-clear prose.

"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Mary Gribbin and John Gribbin are among the best-known current popular science writers. Together, they have written many acclaimed books, including Ice Age, FitzRoy, Stardust, and Big Numbers.
Mary is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with a special interest in plants and exploration. John is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and the author of books including The Universe:
A Biography, In Search of Schrodinger's Cat, and Science: A History.

Dr. John Gribbin is Visiting Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Sussex and the author of In the Beginning and Companion to the Cosmos.

Praise For…

“Be prepared to be truly amazed and fascinated.” –Full On!
“It’s brilliant fun, even if you’ve not yet entered the best-selling universe of Philip Pullman.”–RTE

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375831461
ISBN-10: 0375831460
Publisher: Laurel Leaf Library
Publication Date: July 10th, 2007
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Laurel-Leaf Books