Fire, Ice, and Physics: The Science of Game of Thrones

Rebecca C. Thompson (Author) Sean Carroll (Foreword by)

Product Details

$24.95  $22.95
MIT Press
Publish Date
October 29, 2019
6.3 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author

Rebecca C. Thompson, PhD, is a physicist and author of the popular Spectra series of comic books about physics. She is Head of the Office of Education and Public Outreach at Fermilab, the particle physics research facility near Chicago. She served as Director of Public Engagement for the American Physical Society from 2008 to 2019.

Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at Caltech and the author of popular science books, including The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself.


Mostly this is an excellent and entertaining work, especially as topics such as the material sciences rarely get interesting write-ups. A great addition to fans of 'Science of' books, and one that will likely entertain the more sceptical sort of Game of Thrones fan.

--Starburst Magazine

Thompson has a dry sense of humour that leavens the thoroughly explained science.


An exciting and informative read for fans of the show who often asked how would that really work? and it's a must-read for new fans who will binge-watch the whole series in the future.

--Ars Technica

This engagingly weird book tackles such fundamental Westeros-related questions as, could a 700ft-high ice wall really last 8,000 years? Nope, it would flow, as glaciers do, and end up more of an ice hillock. And how long would it really have taken Viserys Targaryen to die when molten gold was poured on his head? Less than 3.5 seconds, from a boiled brain. Daft, yes, but tremendous fun.

--Slice of Scifi