The Science of Star Trek

Guinan’s eyes widened as Miles explained.

She always wanted to study engineering, but just couldn’t grasp the terminology.

Think of duterium as canned dog food, dilithium crystals as a can opener, and antimatter as a Jack Russell Terrier.’

Guinan smiled as Miles took another gulp of space grog.

Now, imagine the Universe as a football pitch with the dog in one goal, and the can in the other.’

‘Sorry Miles, I don’t follow football -how far is that?’

‘105 meters -anyway, think what happens when someone opens the tin.’

‘Wow …that’s how Warp speed works!’

‘Precisely, but without the Terrier.’