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Cult | News | 18 March 2005

Hitchhiker's Science

The Science of The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy book.

Coming out in May is a new book by Michael Hanlon that looks at the fact behind the science fiction of The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy.

We're not feeling inventive today, so here's the cover blurb:

Ever wondered what the end of the Universe might actually look like? Why the number 42 is so significant? Or whether time travel really would put a stop to history as we know it? If so, you are clearly a fan of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

Much of the book is sheer whimsy: talking mattresses, the Vogons, triple-breasted whores and that Ol' Janx Spirit. But like all good science fiction, it contains more than a grain of scientific fact. Adams was a science and technology enthusiast and his books were inspired by, and in some cases even prefigured, many of the great scientific debates of our times.

The Science Of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is a light-hearted, accessible and informative round-up of the real cutting-edge research behind a much-loved classic, which spans Big Bang Theory to the end of the Universe, via probability, parallel universes, alien life, instant translation and more.

The Science of The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy will be published by Macmillan in May.

Talking of Hitchhiker's, a new trailer has also been posted for the film.

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