The Science behind Jules Verne's Moon Novels

The Science behind Jules Verne's Moon Novels

"In this delightful little book, Andrew May takes us through the science of Verne's two novels that covered a voyage around the Moon and back" - Brian Clegg

The idea of using a large gun to send humans into space is as impossible today as it was a century and a half ago, when Jules Verne wrote From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon. Yet he went to great lengths to persuade readers it wasn't impossible - not through arm-waving and made-up technobabble, but using real physics and astronomy. No one had done anything like that in fiction before - and even today it's unusual to see so much "real science" discussed in a work of science fiction. But just how much did Verne get right, and what did he get wrong? This book takes a closer look at the science content of his two great Moon novels - from Newton's laws of motion and the conservation of energy to CO2 scrubbing, retro-rockets and the lifeless grey landscape of the Moon.


Available in three formats:

  • As a paperback (ISBN ISBN 978-1-980-38660-5) from, Amazon UK and all other Amazon sites
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  • As an ebook for all other platforms (ISBN 978-0-244-84706-7), from many different retailers

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