The Science of Star Trek
I can be more stubborn than an mule when I want to be, and I suppose that many of you will be the same when it comes to Star Trek (or replace that with your series/book/movie of choice).
The science of Star Trek, when conceptualized, was clearly science fiction, but who is to say that that science cannot become reality? Certainly, the great minds of our time have worked hard to make huge strides in advancing science, and there ought to be some aspects in the science of Star Trek that have come true (or will come true in the near future).
If you’re anything like me, you will want to spend some time perusing this infographic titled “The Science of Star Trek”.
The creators of the infographic have taken material from David Allen Batchelor of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, so you know the data is accurate. What they did was to take specific points from Star Trek and analyze the feasibility of each point.
Following the concept of infographics, the designers arranged the points from most plausible to least plausible.
Unsurprisingly, communicators and the ships’ computers made it to the top; that is, being the most plausible technologies. Down the line – the least plausible of Star Trek science – are the universal language translator, interstellar warp drive, and worm hole interstellar travel and time travel.
While the last points may be the least plausible according to the experts, I still say that we can never say never. It may not happen in our lifetime, but who knows? Our great grandparents probably thought the same thing about technology we take for granted every day!
Here’s the infographic for your pleasure. Click on the image for full size.