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This article is from the In-Depth Report The Science of Star Wars

The Science of Star Wars

Excerpts from the book by Jeanne Cavelos


What in the Star Wars movies qualifies as remotely plausible, according to our understanding of science, and what is pure fantasy? Writer Jeanne Cavelos brought her scientifically trained eye to this question in her 1999 book, The Science of Star Wars (St. Martin's Press). The following excerpts from The Science of Star Wars have been condensed by Scientific American:

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