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The Science of Harry Potter How Magic Really WorksBehind the magic of Harry Potter a witty and illuminating look at the scientific principles theories and assumptions of the boy wizard's world newly come to life again in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of GrindelwaldCan Fluffy the three headed dog be explained by advances in molecular biology Cou. This book could have been so good Such potential wasted It would've been a better book if it'd been written by a science writer with a better voice like Mary Roach for example Between the rich Potter source material and the wealth of scientific religious and philosophical knowledge at Highfield's disposal it should have been damn near impossible to make this book boring But he must have some kind of personal magic because he did it I wanted so badly to just put this down give it away never think about it again Adding in the passive aggressive digs at people who actually believe in magic whether as a flight of fancy or as a spiritual path just made it worse Put this in the Hadron Collider and let 'er rip

review The Science of Harry Potter: How Magic Really Works

The Science of Harry Potter: How Magic Really Works review × 104 Î Behind the magic of Harry Potter a witty and illuminating look at the scientific principles theories and assumptions of the boy wizard's world newly come to life again in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts The CriLd the discovery of cosmic gravity shielding effects unlock the secret to the Nimbus 2000 broomstick's ability to fly Is the griffin really none other than the dinosaur Protoceratops Roger Highfield author of the critically acclaimed The Physics of Christmas explores the fascinating links between magic and science to reveal that much of what strike. I made a whole video about the book

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S us as supremely strange in the Potter books can actually be explained by the conjurings of the scientific mind This is the perfect guide for parents who want to teach their children science through their favorite adventures as well as for the millions of adult fans of the series intrigued by its marvels and mysteries An ALA Booklist Editors' Choi. The author of this book is obviously a Harry Potter fan but for different reasons than most Harry Potter fans He takes the magical world of Harry Potter and proceeds to explainanalyze the real world science behind it all An interesting theme throughout the book is that of the contrasting and comparing “magic” vs “science” and whether both can co exist their common origins etc Here are some notable excerptsuotes from the book I thought might be worth sharing here“To the average Muggle the revelations of modern science are often as obscure as a witch doctor’s spell Ironically this lack of comprehension of what now seems a normal part of our lives whether the workings of a jet engine or a photocopier may even pave the way toward a belief in magic that can make seemingly impossible things possible ‘Technology has taken over our lives but science has not overtaken our minds’ Stuart Vyse”“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” Arthur C Clarke“Another theory of how the invisibility cloak might work can be found in that influential Muggle masterpiece The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy where the late Douglas Adams said that objects are made invisible by using a SEP field Unfortunately for us this solution is the product of a witty mind not clever science SEP stands for ‘someone else’s problem’““Science will never be able to erase all the magic from life”“The modern brain is an overzealous pattern seeker in its attempts to link cause and effect it is likely to construct coincidences even if two events are not linked in any way This is the source of much Muggle superstition and magic”“Indeed the very foundation of science —mathematics —contains randomness a finding that should trouble any triumphalist boffin scientist who expects to tie the ultimate secrets of the universe into a neat bundle of theory with no dangling lose ends Is science then a matter of faith a mathematical voodoo a theoretical fetish a kind of religion based on research”“If magic is to be defined as the employment of ineffective techniues to allay anxiety when effective ones are not available then we must recognize that no society will ever be free from it”“Most people do indeed believe in magic of one sort or another whether the thespian who shouts ‘break a leg’ at a colleague the student who always wears the same outfit for exams the blushing bride who crosses her fingers for good luck or those who jump with joy when they find a four leaf clover Why is our belief in magic so deeply ingrained Indeed why do we believe in anything at all”“Survival of our species has demanded a capacity to work together to form societies A willingness to live and if necessary die for a belief is a powerful selective advantage There is a genetic propensity for us to believe” John Burn“I have often admired the mystical way of Pythagoras and the secret magic of numbers” Sir Thomas Browne“A physical theory of everything might be irrelevant at the level of reality that matters to us just as the to and fros of electrons in a PC’s microchips are invisible to and unheeded by a computer operator Everything is indeed governed by Schrödinger’s euation a uantum expression that can describe all atoms or groups of atoms However you can’t readily express a babbling brook a thought on a wing or a crackling electronic logic circuit in terms of atoms and it is at this length scale between the cosmic and atomic domains where the most challenging science lies”