Former NASA astrophysicist Jeanne Cavelos examines the scientific possibility of the fantastical world ofStar Wars. She explains to non-technical readers how the course of science might soon intersect with such fantasies as interstellar travel, robots capable of thought and emotion, habitable alien planets, bizarre intelligent life forms, high-tech weapons and spacecraft, and advanced psychokinetic abilities.She makes complex physics concepts, like quantum mechanics, wormholes, and Einstein's theory of relativity both fascinating and easy to comprehend. The Science of Star Warsdoes for Star Wars what Lawrence Krauss's bestsellingThe Physics of Star Trekdid for the Star Trek universe. Cavelos answers questions like: * How might spaceships like the Millennium Falcon make the exhilarating jump into hyperspace? * Could a single blast from the Death Star destroy an entire planet? * How close are we to creating robots that look and act like C-3PO and R2-D2? * Could light sabers possibly be built, and if so, how would they work? * DoStar Warsaliens look like "real" aliens might? * What kind of environment could spawn a Wookie? * What would living on a desert planet like Tatooine be like? * Why does Darth Vader require an artificial respirator? * Can we access a "force" with our minds to move objects and communicate telepathically with each other?Cavelos, Jeanne is the author of 'Science of Star Wars An Astrophysicist's Independent Examination of Space Travel, Aliens, Planets, and Robots As Portrayed in the Star Wars Films and Books', published 2000 under ISBN 9780312263874 and ISBN 0312263872.