Robert Alexander Watson Watt built a radar in 1935 Television The earliest

Robert alexander watson watt built a radar in 1935

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Robert Alexander Watson-Watt built a radar in 1935 Television The earliest description 1898 by Mark Twain ( From the London Times of 1908 ), Hugo Gernsback also predicted TV (1911-1912 and 1925) 1906 first crude pictures using cathode ray tube, 1928 first practical TV set
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54 The Science in science fiction (Robert W. Bly, Benbella Books Inc. Dallas, 2005) Nanotechnology In 1956 Arthur C. Clarke described machines which operate on a microscale Examples: Ben Bova Moon , Jupiter , Joan Slonczewski Brain plague In 1959 Richard Feynman talk, possibility of building machines with the size of the viruses in 1959. Nanoparticles (under different names) - synthesized by chemists in 1960s. Popular science writing on nanotechnology - Eric Drexler Actual products containing nanomaterials- sunscreens, tennis rackets, etc.
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55 Different Engines (M. L. Brake and N. Hook, Macmillan, Houndmills, 2008) Atomic weapons In 1903 Soddy and Rutherford calculated the energy released in radioactive decay In 1914, H. G. Wells published a story about atomic bomb In March 1944 counter-intelligence inspected the offices of Astounding Science Fiction magazine due to publication of a story about the development of atomic weapon. Werhner von Braun was importing the magazine into Germany for the duration of the war SciFi in the time of cold war - numerous examples of post- apocalyptic novels about nuclear war (examples: A gift upon a shore by M. K. Wren, Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank etc.
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56 The Science in science fiction (Robert W. Bly, Benbella Books Inc. Dallas, 2005) Asteroids colliding with Earth Ceres discovered in 1801, more than 2000 asteroids cataloged since then 1908 - ~150 feet wide meteor in Tunguska, Russia March 2004 - hundred foot long asteroid 2004FH passed 26500 miles from Earth In SciFi: H. G. Wells The Star (1897), Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle Lucifer s Hammer , movie Armageddon
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57 The Science in science fiction (Robert W. Bly, Benbella Books Inc. Dallas, 2005) Antimatter - existence proposed in 1928 by Dirac. Positrons discovered in 1932. Commonly mentioned in SciFi as a fuel source. Example - Star Trek, key element in warp propulsion space-travel-tickets-for-sale %E2%80%A6-for-real/225262
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58 The Science in science fiction (Robert W. Bly, Benbella Books Inc. Dallas, 2005) Black holes - term used to describe solar gravitational collapse in 1969 Density so high that nothing, including light, can escape its gravitational pull, consequence - no communication Detected through interactions with other objects Boundary surrounding it called event horizon In numerous SciFi works - Imperial Earth A. C. Clarke, Gateway F. Pohl, D. Brin Earth , J. Haldeman Forever war , J. Vinge The Snow queen Other phenomena of interest to SciFi: neutron stars, supernovas
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59 The Science in science fiction (Robert W. Bly, Benbella Books Inc. Dallas, 2005) Cloning & genetic engineering In SciFi: Brave New World, 1932 For animal clones in SciFi - Jurassic Park
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