Science of Superheroes / Edition 1

Science of Superheroes / Edition 1

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by Lois H. Gresh, Robert Weinberg
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0471024600

ISBN-13: 9780471024606

Pub. Date: 09/17/2002

Publisher: Turner Publishing Company


The truth about superpowers . . . science fact or science fiction?

""An entertaining and informative guide to comic book wonders bound to come.""
—Julius Schwartz, Editor Emeritus, DC Comics

Superman, Batman, The X-Men, Flash, Spider Man . . . they protect us from evildoers, defend truth and justice, and, occasionally, save our planet from

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The truth about superpowers . . . science fact or science fiction?

""An entertaining and informative guide to comic book wonders bound to come.""
—Julius Schwartz, Editor Emeritus, DC Comics

Superman, Batman, The X-Men, Flash, Spider Man . . . they protect us from evildoers, defend truth and justice, and, occasionally, save our planet from certain doom. Yet, how much do we understand about their powers?

In this engaging yet serious work, Lois Gresh and Robert Weinberg attempt to answer that question once and for all. From X-ray vision to psychokinesis, invisibility to lightspeed locomotion, they take a hard, scientific look at the powers possessed by all of our most revered superheroes, and a few of the lesser ones, in an attempt to sort fact from fantasy. In the process, they unearth some shocking truths that will unsettle, alarm, and even terrify all but the most fiendish of supervillains.

Lois Gresh (Rochester, NY) has written eight novels and nonfiction books as well as dozens of short stories and has been nominated for national fiction awards six times.
Robert Weinberg (Oak Forest, IL) is a multiple award-winning author of novels, nonfiction books, short stories and comics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471024606
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/17/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
A Word about the Lawxix
Introduction: Men of Steel, Feathers of Furyxxi
Chapter 1More Powerful than a Speeding Locomotive: Superman1
The Superman Legend Begins1
What Makes Superman Super?3
Alien Visitors4
The Drake Equation8
Rare Earth?12
A Question of Gravity15
Chapter 2Rays--Cosmic and Gamma: The Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk19
Humble Beginnings19
A Fantastic Foursome21
Frankenstein's Monster--Marvel Style22
The Perils of Technobabble25
The GFP Hulk29
Chapter 3The Dark Knight: Batman33
A NonSuper Superhero33
The Science of Batman35
The Gotham City Earthquake43
Chapter 4Under the Sea: Aquaman and Sub-Mariner47
Undersea Heroes47
Our Aquatic Ancestors?50
Breathing Underwater57
Pressure58
Fluid Breathing60
Talking to Fish61
Chapter 5Along Came a Spider: Spider-Man65
With Great Power65
The Power of a Spider?70
Clones, Clones, and More Clones77
Chapter 6Green Lanterns and Black Holes: Magic, Science, and Two Green Lanterns83
Wanted: An Unlimited Power Source85
The Life and Death of Stars86
The Origin of Black Holes90
Yellow Light96
Chapter 7Of Atoms, Ants, and Giants: Ant Man and the Atom99
Ant Man99
The Square Cubed Law101
The Atom104
The Atom Exploded107
Chapter 8Fast, Fast, Fast: The Flash115
Introducing the Flash115
Problems with Logic117
The Speed Barrier125
Chapter 9Good, Evil, and Indifferent Mutants: The X-Men129
A Victory Snatched from the Ashes129
The Case for Evolution133
The Truth about Creationism137
Creating the X-Men142
Chapter 10Mysteries in Space: Science Fiction Superheroes145
Super Science without Super Hearoes145
The Secrets of Other Worlds, Exposed!147
Doomsday on Earth150
Across the Ages153
The Grandfather Paradox157
Chapter 11The Right Stuff: Donald Duck161
The Real Deal161
The Duck Man162
Appendix AWho Missed the Cut?167
Appendix BThe Professionals Speak171
Bibliography and Reading List183
Acknowledgments189
Index191

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The Science of Superheroes 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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I enjoyed reading this book, however it didn't say something that I didn't already know. Namely that superheroes couldn't really exist in real life. However, it did explain some science concepts in an entertaining matter.
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I found this book to be a great read starting with the entertaining introduction by Dean Koontz all the way through the end of the book, concluding with a panel of comic book writers and artists talking about their feelings about science in comics. The authors wrote this book in an easy to follow style that didn't confuse the reader with too much technical material, but that blended together the comic book characters with the real-life science that contributed to their powers. The book featured a good blend of real science and imaginary science and pointed out how some comics like Batman relied on the real stuff, while others like the Flash completely ignored the basic rules of modern physics. This was a fun book and I only hope the authors produce a follow up volume covering some of the characters like Daredevil and Birds of Prey that aren't studied in this first book.