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Explore the real science behind the Cartoon Network phenomenon Rick and Morty-one of television's most irreverent, whip-smart, and darkly hilarious shows - and discover how close we are to Rick's many experiments becoming a reality.

Adult Swim's Rick and Morty is one of the smartest (and most insane) shows on television. Genius alcoholic Rick Sanchez and his hapless grandson Morty have explored everything from particle physics to human augmentation and much more in their intergalactic adventures through the multiverse. With biting humor and plenty of nihilism, Rick and Morty employs cutting-edge scientific theories in every episode. But, outside of Rick's garage laboratory, what are these theories truly about and what can they teach us about ourselves?

Blending biology, chemistry, and physics basics with accessible - and witty-prose, The Science of Rick and Morty equips you with the scientific foundation to thoroughly understand Rick's experiments from the show, such as how we can use dark matter and energy, just what is intelligence hacking, and whether or not you can really control a cockroach's nervous system with your tongue. Perfect for longtime and new fans of the show, this is the ultimate segue into discovering more about our complicated and fascinating universe.

©2019 Matt Brady (P)2019 Tantor

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Might be ok for your kids

The book would be appropriate for essential level science class students. 10-14 year-olds with a need to quench their intellectual ego. I am no great thinker myself, but I feel like if you have any interest in cosmology and related fields, you have outgrown this book.
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The performance is ok, first chapter is semi-readable
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The writing style gave me severe ptsd episodes. It radiates the atmosphere of grade 9 science class essays. It feels like the target audience is kids in early teens. Author describes his aspirations to plant the seed of science into the young minds. That is a great aspiration, but applying those through the show like rick and morty? Questionable, to say the least. I wouldnt describe the show as kid-friendly. TV-14 rating is barely appropriate.
Most of the facts presented in the book is common sense. Anyone with at least some exposure to mainstream media has a good understanding of most concepts presented. If you have a high school diploma, dont even bother listening to this.

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Rick and Morty is a hysterical show.

This show is funny, witty and smart. It's for intelligent Humans. The author really did go in depth into the science. I dont believe all of it, however this was a great and complex look into the science of rick and morty. Genius cartoon indeed.

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  • TrendyDaniel
  • 2020-03-24

Outstanding

Amazing book and amazing reader. HIGHLY recommend for all nerds and aspiring nerds out there.

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  • Darin Harbert
  • 2020-02-06

Some good science in here?

A lot of it is obvious and some of it is unnecessary posturing. To clarify - I like Rick and Morty and I LUUURVE Science, especially the weird stuff. But I thought there was unnecessary posturing in this book/recording (if you don’t believe in evolution, are you watching Rick and Morty at all? No you’re not. So it’s an unnecessary speech/declaration of principles on the part of the author - I feel like it’s an illegitimate declaration of self importance). I do appreciate the details I don’t know - like the bit about differences in evolution theory amongst worlds regarding favoring prevalence of the the most useful feature vs an average of the most common feature. I love Rick and Morty. I love theoretical, particle and classical physics. I love thermodynamics. I give this book a C-

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  • @ocean_bookworm
  • 2020-03-13

Brilliant!!

A lot of science!! Matt Brady explains the science behind the most awesome sci-fi show to date! Rick and Morty, he goes from shrinking people to reality itself, this book is brilliantly filled with pop culture references and dedicated completely in to science, so if you like science and pop culture definitely pick it up! Is a beyond interesting read!

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  • Aaron J. Robbins
  • 2021-06-02

This was really fun

This was a great book. The author did an amazing job of connecting and teaching real science back to R&M. It covers a wide range of topics: simulation theory, multiverse theory, shrinking technology and doesn’t so much pick apart the science or R&M as much as it grounds the listener into what mainstream science understands about those topics.

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  • Tim
  • 2021-04-29

Best Way to Explain Science

I’m a recent convert to Rick and Morty. I heard about the show when the first season debuted, but didn’t really understand why all these young people were into some cartoon, until the pandemic started and I had nothing else to watch beside the infection rate. Over a weekend sometime last summer, I binged watched all four seasons and laughed my butt off, but I also learned crazy science too at the same time. “The Science of Rick and Morty” is the best way to explain science from the show. Matt Brady does an amazing job at talking about the science in the show, but also keeping the humor. Back when I was growing up, I was addicted to watching The Jetsons, Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Quantum Leap. All three TV shows are different from each other, but they are also the same. They explained science in a fun and entertaining way, such as Rick and Morty does in the modern time. If you have a t-shirt of Rick and Morty then this is a guidebook to some of the science in the cartoon.

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  • Nuggets
  • 2021-04-14

Great

The narrator had a more casual approach when reading which made me feel like I was listening to a podcast rather than a book. As for the content of the book itself, it was really interesting. He doesn't debunk things that they get wrong in the show but rather, explain the science that is used in the show and elaborate on how far we are from acheiving that level of science. As well as, explaining the concept as a whole. If you're interested in the science behind the show, I'd suggest you give it a listen.

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  • Daniel M. Lipton
  • 2021-04-11

A basic science primer.

Really just a survey of different sciences using Rick and Morty as a teaching device. The performance is okay, but the editing together leaves enormous pauses in the middle of sentences. Painful to listen to.

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  • Thomas James Wright
  • 2021-03-16

Brilliant for several reasons

I honestly wasn't sure how this book was going to go. At first, it seemed like just another science book looking for a unique edge to walk on with all the same old material ... and in some senses it was.
Man, I really don't have the time to flesh my thoughts out right now - so I'll leave it at that for now. But I'll come back and finish my thoughts on some not-too-distant rainy day.