archive: Re: SETI Contact

Re: SETI Contact

R.J. Fear ( (no email) )
Tue, 29 Dec 1998 10:45:21


I would have to dig back through the stack to find out who's book it was.
I think it was a text on quantum or hyperspacial mechanics. I took notes
stating that Kip had worked out the E-M levels required to warp space in a
limited area and had applied them to the theoretical problem posed by Carl
Sagan for the movie. It discussed how much fun it was for Kip (the book
was slanted more toward the general public and less to technical types) but
didn't go into technical details.

I'll take a look at Larry's book. Thanks for the lead.


At 10:26 AM 12/29/98 -0500, Dr. H. Paul Shuch wrote:
>At 09:28 AM 12/29/98, R.J. Fear wrote:
>>I understand from some recent reading that the "machine" used for travel in
>>the movie Contact was derived from some theoretical designs developed by
>>Kip Thorn at Cal Tech. Does anyone happen to know if the original designs
>>or notes still exist?
>My understanding was that it was wormholes, not the "machine," which were
>based upon Kip's theoretical work. I seem to recall some details in Larry
>Kraus' book "The Physics of Star Trek."
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