Science of the X-Men

Science of the X-Men

by Link Yaco
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Overview

Science of the X-Men by Link Yaco

Have you ever wondered how laser beams might acutally shoot out of someone's eyes?

What could cause wings to sprout from the back of a man, allowing him to fly?

If your skeleton was bonded with a flexible but indestructible metal, how would your blood flow and nerves be affected?

Through a comination of informed speculation and science fact The Science of the X-Men gives a scientific investigation of the most popular mutant super-hero team in the history of comics. Using such cutting edge science as genetic manipulation, biotechnology, quantum physics, string theory and biophysics, you'll learn how the powers of Wolverine, Professor X, Jean Grey, Rogue, Storm, Cyclops and many more X-Men and their adverstaries could work in the real world.

The Science of the X-Men goes beyond the caracters and includes an anaysis of their equipment and of alien races that have crossed paths with the X-Men. You'll discover how Professor X's amazing computer, Cerebro, can find mutants, the technical specs on the X-Men's specially modified airplane, the Lockheed SR-71, and the amazing robotics and holograms that make up the X-Men's amazing adaptive obstacle course known as the Danger Room.

About the Authors:

Link Yaco is currently a web editor for IBM and is a contributing writer to the Marvel-related magazine The Jack Kirby Collector. Before that he was a web manager for Citibank. For five years he was a technical manager at MIT. He has been a newspaper journalist, columnist and a technical writer as well as a writer for Dark Horse and other comics pubishers.

Karen Haber created the best-selling The Mutant Season series and co-authored the first volume of the same title with her husband, Robert Silverberg. She is a respected journalist and an accomplished fiction writer. Her short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Full Spectrum 2, and Women of Darkness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743487252
Publisher: ibooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/2004
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.95(h) x 0.75(d)

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Science of the X-Men 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book...real informed and informative. The schience is there and the speculation is too far fetched. Put a nice spin on the 'what if' in marvels universe since there characters seem to actually be based on a brand of science. Bridges the gap between marvel science and real-world science. Couldn't put it down until i was through
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was an awesome book. The authors really made the X-Men characters realistic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect book for X-Men fans and for first timers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly like this book. As soon as you get used to all of the science terms, the faster you can enjoy the book. The book is well researched, and it shows.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I started reading the comics I always wanted them to really explain how Cyclops visor worked or how Nightcrawler could teleport,and they did an awsome job of it! Read this book if you are an X-men fan or just like science!! This is a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to commend the author. The power of science is the power to predict and explain new phenomena, such as mutant powers. The author resorts to the most simple explanations for these powers, drawing from some of the latest in scientific thinking. If you think that explaining these powers in the language of science is a strange idea, well, some of the implications of current ideas in physics are even stranger! This is some fascinating scientific entertainment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Science of the X-Men amazes me! I am a professor of American Popular Culture. I am impressed by the sheer intelligence and breath of knowledge displayed in the Science of the X-Men. It explains what can be explained scientifically, and then gives possible conjectures as to scientific phenomena that could be behiid extraordinary powers. This is all told in ordinary language with a light touch making it easy and fun to read. These ingenious discussions touch on the crucial questions and latest exploratory theories of science today. Long time fans of the X-men Coomics, the millions that saw the breathtaking movie The X -Men, as well as speculative thinkers will enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Science of the X-men amazes me! I am a professor of American Popular Culture. I am impressed by the sheer intelligence and breath of knowledge displayed in it. The book explains what can be explained scientifically and then gives possible conjectures as to scientific phenomena that could be behind extsraordinary powers. This is all told in ordinary language with a light touch making it easy and fun to read. These ingenious discussions touch on the crucial ques5ions and latest exploratory theories of science today. Long time X-Men comic fans, the millions who saw the breathtaking new movie, The X-Men, as well as speculative thinkers will enjoly this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a pretty cool idea to use scientific theories to explain how the powers of the X-Men might work. What better way to get kids to read about and develop an interest in science! I'm by no means a science whiz myself, but even I learned a thing or two from this and got some explanations for terms and theories I've only casually heard about. The only thing that keeps me from giving it five stars (I actually gave it 3.5 in my mind, but I rounded up) is that the book has many typographical errors. Maybe some readers don't mind this and gloss over such things, but I find them distracting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tried to do more than just trot out some science and apply it to the universe of the x-mutants. I tried to create a coherant overall rationale for their exotic powers, using principles and phenomena of physics, genetics, and a bunch of other scientific areas. Now it's up to the readers to let us know if the result goes down smooth!