From its humble beginnings, the Star Trek franchise has taken the science in its science-fiction seriously. Over the decades many ‘Treknologies’ have become realities, while some are still only theoretical. It is these kinds of concepts that will be the subject of a new Science Chanel show premiering tonight, where physicist Michio Kaku explores "Sci-Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible".
Kaku looks at the Star Trek and sci-fi science
Sci-Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible is a weekly show, with each episode tackling a new science-fiction topic. The show is hosted by physicist Michio Kaku (author of "Hyperspace" and "The Pysics of the Impossible"). Sci-Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible premieres on the Science Channel tonight (December 1st) at 10 PM, with two episodes actually. Both of tonight’s episodes will cover Star Trek science.
The first half hour will be "How to Explore the Universe", here is the official synopsis
Exploring the universe on a ship that can boldly go where no man has gone before isn’t just a sci fi dream. Dr Michio Kaku reveals how we really could one day build a warp drive and set out on our own star trek.
The second half hour episode is titled "How to Travel to a Parallel Universe"
A gateway to a world of limitless possibilities. The parallel universes of science fiction turn out to be as real as they are fantastic. Dr Michio Kaku reveals how future civilizations could build a machine to reach one.
Here is a preview of the second half hour episode airing tonight.
This second episode may be of special interest to those interested in how the new Star Trek team, and specifically Roberto Orci, view the physics of their Star Trek. Kaku is a proponent of the "Many Worlds Interpretation" of quantum physics and his book "Hyperspace" is one of those cited by Orci as part of his research for Star Trek, and its new parallel realities (see previous TrekMovie article covering this issue and Kaku).
Future episodes will deal with other sci-fi concepts including light sabers, time travel and how to destroy a planet. A schedule can be found at science.discovery.com. The show also has a Facebook Fanpage.
Kaku tackles more sci-fi concepts in "Sci-Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible"
You can also pick up Kaku’s latest book (and basis for the series) "Physics of the Impossible", which is full of references to Star Trek, from transporters, to warp, to time travel and more.