The Science of Marvel: From Infinity Stones to Iron Man's Armor, the Real Science Behind the MCU Revealed!

The Science of Marvel: From Infinity Stones to Iron Man's Armor, the Real Science Behind the MCU Revealed!

by Sebastian Alvarado


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Science meets fantasy in this behind-the-scenes look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe—now you can experience the magic of the movies, and learn how to replicate it in real-life.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is filled with extraordinary humans and abilities. There are teenaged geniuses swinging through the streets of New York, billionaires creating impenetrable armor in hidden caves, and aliens flying through wormholes to Earth. All of these characters seem to lie firmly in the realm of fantasy—but the technology behind them might not be as farfetched as you think...

The Science of Marvel pulls back the curtain and reveals the secrets behind Marvel movie magic, and shows us how to recreate these comic book wonders in our everyday life. Using quantum physics, a little bit of mechanical engineering, and some out-of-the-box thinking, you’ll be amazed to discover that it’s possible to create a real-life Captain America, Incredible Hulk, or Black Panther. The perfect gift or collectible for Marvel fans everywhere, The Science of Marvel brings beloved movies and characters to life like never before.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781507209981
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 417,996
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Sebastian Alvarado worked in the private biotech industry for four years before pursuing an academic career in graduate studies. He earned his PhD at McGill University where he learned about the molecular mechanisms that lend plasticity to biological systems. His research has given him an extensive background on environment-gene interactions and how they play important roles in the progression of cancer and chronic pain. Following his PhD, he received an A.P. Giannini postdoctoral fellowship to continue his research at Stanford University. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at Queens College CUNY where he uses an African cichlid fish to understand molecular ecology, animal pigmentation, and behavioral neuroscience.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 Bustling Brains 11

Hawkeye's Aim 12

Mantis's Empathy 16

Memory Erasure 20

Mind Control 24

Chapter 2 Curious Critters 29

Celestial Assimilation 30

Giant Ants 34

I Am Groot 38

Rocket Raccoon 42

Chapter 3 Nervous Neuroscience 47

The Human Lie Detector 48

Killmonger versus T'Challa: Nature versus Nurture 52

Spidey Sense 57

Hulk's Transformation 61

Chapter 4 Fantastic Physiology 67

Super Soldier Serum 68

Cryostasis 73

Pharmacology of the Heart-Shaped Herb 78

Extremis and Tissue Regeneration 82

Immortality 87

Chapter 5 Glorious Gadgets 93

Exosuits 94

Nanites 98

Spider-Man's Web-Shooters 102

Falcon's Redwing 107

Aero-Rigs 111

Chapter 6 Aggressive Assaults 117

Hulk's Thunder Clap 118

Thor's Lightning 121

Black Widow's Bite 125

Gamora's Sword, Godslayer 129

Star-Lord's Gravity Mine 133

Chapter 7 Mechanical Marvels 137

Artificial Intelligence 138

Cybernetic Prosthetics 142

Spider Grip and Wall Crawling 146

Manipulating Reality 150

Chapter 8 Stupendous Scenarios 155

Gamma Radiation 156

Thanos's Snap 160

Forging Stormbreaker 164

Power Stones and Nuclear Fission 168

Chapter 9 Fantastic Physics 173

Wormholes and Teleportation 174

Phasing 178

Shrinking Into the Quantum Realm 183

Web Wings 187

The Eye of Agamotto 191

Chapter 10 Magnificent Marvels 197

Iron Man's Power Reactor 198

Shapeshifting 202

Vibranium 206

Glossary of Marvel Terms 211

Glossary of Science Terms 219

US/Metric Conversion Chart 227

Index 229

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