Science of Superheroes / Edition 1

Science of Superheroes / Edition 1

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by Lois H. Gresh, Robert Weinberg
     
 

The Science of Superheroes takes a lighthearted but clear-headed look at the real science that underlies some of the greatest superhero comic books of all time, including Spider-Man, Batman, Fantastic Four, and many more. Each chapter presents the story of the origin of one or more superheroes and asks intriguing questions that lead to fascinating discussions about… See more details below

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The Science of Superheroes takes a lighthearted but clear-headed look at the real science that underlies some of the greatest superhero comic books of all time, including Spider-Man, Batman, Fantastic Four, and many more. Each chapter presents the story of the origin of one or more superheroes and asks intriguing questions that lead to fascinating discussions about the limits of science, the laws of nature, and the future of technology. If gamma rays can't turn a 128-pound weakling into the Incredible Hulk, what could? Are Spider-Man's powers really those of a spider? Could a person ever breathe water like a fish? From telepathy to teleportation, from cloning to cosmic rays, this vastly entertaining romp through the nexus of science and fantasy separates the possible from the plausible and the barely plausible from the utterly ridiculous.

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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