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Live Long and Evolve

What Star Trek Can Teach Us about Evolution, Genetics, and Life on Other Worlds

Mohamed A. F. Noor

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Princeton University Pres
25 February 2020
An engaging journey into the biological principles underpinning a beloved science-fiction franchise In Star Trek, crew members travel to unusual planets, meet diverse beings, and encounter unique civilizations. In these remarkable space adventures, does Star Trek reflect biology and evolution as we know it? What can the science in the science fi
By:   Mohamed A. F. Noor
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 127mm, 
ISBN:   9780691203935
ISBN 10:   0691203938
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   25 February 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mohamed A. F. Noor, besides being a Trekkie, is a professor in the Biology Department and the Dean of Natural Sciences at Duke University.

Reviews for Live Long and Evolve: What Star Trek Can Teach Us about Evolution, Genetics, and Life on Other Worlds

If you're like me, you've watched a lot of Star Trek. If you're even more like me, you'll read the new book Live Long and Evolve. ---Steve Mirsky, Scientific American With a light, accessible style, [Noor] juxtaposes Star Trek scenarios with near-alien examples of life on Earth. . . . Noor wants his readers to understand that science, like fiction, is rife with intrigue. ---Erin Zimmerman, Los Angeles Review of Books Whether or not your knowledge of Star Trek begins and ends with Mr. Spock's tapered ears. . . . Live Long and Evolve's thesis empowers. ---Todd B. Gruel, PopMatters This effectively organized and well-written book uses examples from various Star Trek shows and movies to illustrate the fundamentals of biology, notably evolution and genetics. Arguing for the importance of basic science, it will be useful and of interest to many audiences: teachers, scientists, and Star Trek fans of all ages. --Norman A. Johnson, author of Darwinian Detectives: Revealing the Natural History of Genes and Genomes In Live Long and Evolve, Mohamed Noor uses Star Trek, a show that probed the deepest questions of biology, as a springboard into some of the most exciting fields of science. --Carl Zimmer, author of She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Power, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity I played Ensign Harry Kim on Star Trek Voyager and started out in college as a biology major, so this book resonates with me in a unique way. In Live Long and Evolve, Mohamed Noor draws upon his extensive knowledge of Star Trek to help explain the nuances of evolutionary biology with a style that is both informative and entertaining. --Garrett Wang Calling all Trekkies! The answers to questions about evolution may not be found in Star Trek, but they just might be in this wry and wonderful new book. Live Long and Evolve turns what sounds like meaningless biobabble from the shows into thoughtful explanations of everything from mutations and sexual reproduction to what life really is. --Marlene Zuk, author of Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live A world-class geneticist and lifelong Trekkie, Mohamed Noor combines his two passions in this wonderful new book. To read it is the only logical course of action. --Lee Alan Dugatkin, coauthor of How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution Live Long and Evolve leverages the huge amount of interest in Star Trek to examine basic concepts of biology, genetics, and evolution. Exploring where the show gets it right and gets it wrong, Mohamed Noor does a lovely job tying an incredibly popular and enduring set of characters and stories to real science. This engaging, clear book isn't afraid of having fun. --Maria E. Orive, University of Kansas


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