The Resource The science of Harry Potter : how magic really works, Roger Highfield

The science of Harry Potter : how magic really works, Roger Highfield

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The science of Harry Potter : how magic really works
Title
The science of Harry Potter
Title remainder
how magic really works
Statement of responsibility
Roger Highfield
Title variation
How magic really works
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Language
eng
Summary
Magic and science may seem like strange bedfellows, but in this captivating and far-ranging book, respected science journalist Roger Highfield nimbly illustrates how the two disciplines are actually deeply intertwined in the Harry Potter books. Like Highfield's The Physics of Christmas, The Science of Harry Potter teases out the scientific explanations and surprising factual foundation of marvels and mysteries-only this time instead of reindeer and Santa, Highfield trains his eye on dragons, broomsticks, and all the wonderful oddities of J. K. Rowling's enchanted world. Highfield uses the amazing elements of the Harry Potter books as a springboard into discussions of fascinating scientific issues. He delves into the archaeology of witchcraft, tracing the origin and uses of wands and cauldrons as revealed at ancient European dig sites. He speculates on the astounding connection between hallucinogens and flying broomsticks and the bizarre drug-taking practices of medieval witches. The potions and charms that Harry has so much trouble replicating in Snape's class are in fact grounded in the science of ethnobotany. Here too is a plausible account of the cutting-edge physics that explains the invisibility cloak and the genetic engineering behind the creation of Fluffy the three-headed dog
Summary
A look at the scientific principles underpinning the magic of Harry Potter reveals some of the true magic behind science
Award
Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults, 2002.
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165004
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Highfield, Roger
Dewey number
500
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • dictionaries
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True
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  • Potter, Harry
  • Science
  • Magic
Target audience
adult
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how magic really works
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The science of Harry Potter : how magic really works, Roger Highfield
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-295), glossary, and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xxii, 322 pages
Isbn
9780142003558
Lccn
2002028878
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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  • 9780670031535
  • 9781435298125
Label
The science of Harry Potter : how magic really works, Roger Highfield
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-295), glossary, and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xxii, 322 pages
Isbn
9780142003558
Lccn
2002028878
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 9780670031535
  • 9781435298125

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