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Science of Harry Potter How Magic Really Works

ISBN-10: 0142003557
ISBN-13: 9780142003558
Edition: 2002
Authors: Roger Highfield
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/27/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

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.

Roger Highfield is science editor of The Daily Telegraph and a regular broadcaster on the BBC. He lives in London.

Introduction: The Science of Magic
Broomsticks, Time Travel and Splincbing
How to Play Quidditch Without Leaving the Ground
The Sorting hat, Invisibility Cloak and Other Spellbinding Apparel
The Mathematics of Evil
Owls, Snails and Skrewts
Magizoology
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans
Foreword
Stars, Mystic Chickens and Superstitious Pigeons
The Greatest Wizard
There Be Dragons. Really
The Potions Master
The Origins of Witchcraft
The Philosopher's Stone
Belief, Superstition and Magic
The Magic of Science
References
Glossary of Muggle Science, Potter Magic, Oddments and Tweaks
Index

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