Thoughtful Gifts for Curious People

Fire, Ice, and Physics


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Rebecca Thompson - PhD physicist (and self-professed fangirl) - explores George R. R. Martin's fantastical world to explain the real magic in our own realm. Game of Thrones features fabricated climatology (when is winter coming?), astronomy, metallurgy, chemistry, and biology.

By turning a scientist's eye on Game of Thrones, Thompson explores, among other things, the science of an ice wall, the genetics of the Targaryen and Lannister families, the biology of beheading and takes a look at the various types of fatal justice meted out, including hanging, poisoning, skull crushing, and burning at the stake. She contemplates the seasons and the very elliptical orbit of the Earth that might cause winter to come (or otherwise), compares regular steel to Valyrian steel and contemplates dragons (aka "bats, but with fire").

296 pages.
Measures 15.2 x 22.9 cm.