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  • Published: 19 January 2021
  • ISBN: 9780262539616
  • Imprint: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 296
  • RRP: $24.99
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Fire, Ice, and Physics

The Science of Game of Thrones



A PhD physicist (and self-professed fangirl) uses the science in George R. R. Martin's fantastical world--from ice walls to Valyrian steel, from wildfire and dragon fire to the genetics of the Targaryens and Lannisters--to explain the real magic in our own realm.

Game of Thrones is a fantasy that features a lot of made-up science--fabricated climatology (when is winter coming?), astronomy, metallurgy, chemistry, and biology. Most fans of George R. R. Martin's fantastical world accept it all as part of the magic. A trained scientist, watching the fake science in Game of Thrones, might think, "But how would it work?" In Fire, Ice, and Physics, Rebecca Thompson turns a scientist's eye on Game of Thrones, exploring, among other things, the science of an ice wall, the genetics of the Targaryen and Lannister families, and the biology of beheading. Thompson, a PhD in physics and an enthusiastic Game of Thrones fan, uses the fantasy science of the show as a gateway to some interesting real science, introducing GOT fandom to a new dimension of appreciation.

  • Published: 19 January 2021
  • ISBN: 9780262539616
  • Imprint: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 296
  • RRP: $24.99
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