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The Science of Breaking Bad

The Science of Breaking Bad (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Trumbore, Dave
By Nelson, Donna J.
Foreword by Stan, Marius

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All the science in Breaking Bad-from explosive experiments to acid-based evidence destruction-explained and analyzed for authenticity.

ISBN 9780262537155
Barcode 9780262537155
Published 15 May 2019 by MIT Press Ltd
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Series The MIT Press
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ISBN-13 9780262537155
ISBN-10 026253715X
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher MIT Press Ltd
Imprint MIT Press
Publication Date 15 May 2019
International Publication Date 18 June 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Trumbore, Dave
By Nelson, Donna J.
Foreword by Stan, Marius
Series The MIT Press
Category Performing Arts: Television
Popular Science
Chemistry
Number of Pages 264
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 17mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 540
Catalogue Code 1012182

Description of this Book

All the science in Breaking Bad-from explosive experiments to acid-based evidence destruction-explained and analyzed for authenticity. Breaking Bad's (anti)hero Walter White (played by Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston) is a scientist, a high school chemistry teacher who displays a plaque that recognizes his contributions to research awarded the Nobel Prize. During the course of five seasons, Walt practices a lot of ad hoc chemistry-from experiments that explode to acid-based evidence destruction to an amazing repertoire of methodologies for illicit meth making. But how much of Walt's science is actually scientific? In The Science of Breaking Bad, Dave Trumbore and Donna Nelson explain, analyze, and evaluate the show's portayal of science, from the pilot's opening credits to the final moments of the series finale. The intent is not, of course, to provide a how-to manual for wannabe meth moguls but to decode the show's most head-turning, jaw-dropping moments. Trumbore, a science and entertainment writer, and Nelson, a professor of chemistry and Breaking Bad's science advisor, are the perfect scientific tour guides. Trumbore and Nelson cover the show's portrayal of chemistry, biology, physics, and subdivisions of each area including toxicology and electromagnetism. They explain, among other things, Walt's DIY battery making; the dangers of Mylar balloons; the feasibility of using hydrofluoric acid to dissolve bodies; and the chemistry of methamphetamine itself. Nelson adds interesting behind-the-scenes anecdotes and describes her work with the show's creator and writers. This is a book for every science buff who appreciated the show's scientific moments and every diehard Breaking Bad fan who wondered just how smart Walt really was.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review An entertaining way to learn more about chemistry -- and an excuse to rewatch the show. -ZDNet
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Dave Trumbore is an editor at Collider.com and a freelance science writer. Donna J. Nelson is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oklahoma and past President of the American Chemical Society. She was the science advisor to Breaking Bad.

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