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by Lois H. Gresh

eBook The Science of Superheroes download ISBN: 0471468827
Author: Lois H. Gresh
Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (September 1, 2003)
Language: English
Pages: 224
ePub: 1511 kb
Fb2: 1322 kb
Rating: 4.1
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Category: Political
Subcategory: Social Sciences

The Science of Superheroes takes a lighthearted but clear-headed look at the real science that underlies some of the . I wasn't very impressed with this book. The writer is full of himself.

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. Gresh and Weinberg use the opportunity to demolish the science in fiction behind superheroes rather than offer alternative theories for superhero origins that are palatable.

The Science of Supervillains separates science fact from science fiction. Renowned authors Lois H. Gresh and Robert Weinberg present a highly entertaining and informative look at the mind-boggling wizardry behind such legendary baddies as Dr. Doom, Poison Ivy, Mr. Mxyzptlk, and more. Whether it’s artificial intelligence, weapons systems, antimatter, robotics, or magnetic flux theory, this fun, fact-filled book is a fascinating excursion into the real-world science animating the comic book world’s pantheon of evil geniuses.

The Science of Superheroes. 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

The Science of Superheroes. The truth about superpowers. science fact or science fiction? An entertaining and informative guide to comic book wonders bound to come. 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. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

The Science of Superheroes book. 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 H. Gresh, Robert Weinberg, Dean Koontz. science fact or science fiction? ""An entertaining and informative guide to comic book wonders bound to come. 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. Comic book superheroes, like jazz, potato chips, and hard-boiled detective fiction, are a uniquely American invention. Their roots are English and European, and they can be traced all the way back to the adventure fiction of Sir Walter Scott, the Gothic novels of Horace Walpole, the fantastic voyages of Jules Verne, and the science fiction inventions of H. G. Wells. Still, superheroes are most clearly defined by the American dream of the heroic individual. Gresh, Robert Weinberg.

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 .

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. What an absolutely FUN read The Science of Superheroes turned out to be! Lois H. Gresh & Robert E. Weinberg took several big name superheroes like Superman, Batman, The Flash, Ant Man, Aquaman, and.

The truth about superpowers. science fact or science fiction? "An entertaining and informative guide to comic book.

Lois Harriet Gresh is a New York Times Best-Sellingauthor of ten science fiction novels and story collections and seventeen popular science and pop culture books, some in collaboration with Robert Weinberg. Gresh has also written approximately sixty short stories. Her work spans genres such as mysteries, thriller, suspense, dark fantasy, horror, and science fiction.

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.

Comments: (7)
Zorve
I like this book since it is simple in tone. It was fun to read and was quick to get through. Some of the concepts put forth are worth thinking about. The science presented in this book is stuff that stops at the high school level, which is perfect for me since I didn't pursue science in college but have remained interested in it.
At times the authors craft discussion that wanders away from the superhero discussion (the chapter on the X-Men is perfect in this regard - it's basically a discussion on evolution and the social history of teaching evolution, not much in the way of evolution being tied into X-Men).
Overall, this book is fun and interesting. It got my brain thinking about certain scientific principles and concepts I haven't thought about when reading comics. Worth reading for any science and/or comic book fan.
Drelalak
I wasn't very impressed with this book. The writer is full of himself. Gresh and Weinberg use the opportunity to demolish the science in fiction behind superheroes rather than offer alternative theories for superhero origins that are palatable. It seems as if the main purpose of the book is to affirm the authors are a scientific authority. To make matters worst on pages 133 through 142 the writers go on a tirade against Creationism and not just in the pages of comic books but in general, offering no justification as to why the topic is included let alone covered in a book that by title leads one to think of a work highly objective and honest in investigation. Fortunately the writers do not include in their study superhero powers normally considered `outside' the realm of science such as the `Power Cosmic' (Marvel Comics/Galactus, Silver Surfer, etc.,) and the Supernatural (Thor, Dr. Strange, Shazam/Captain Marvel, The Spectre). It's just as well for both are clearly beyond the limited scope of this book, philosophically to say the least.

The only good thing that I can say about The Science of Superheroes is that it's an excellent resource for writers contemplating new superheroes who want to avoid highly publicized mistakes made by writers before them.
I'm a Russian Occupant
First, this review could also be used for the companion book, Science of Super Villians. Second, the criticism read here in some reviews that is does not detail the [pro] 'science of super heroes' is little off...as if the book should show how everything the Fantastic Four do is possible. Anyway, my criticism,and it has been touched on here, is that each chapter starts with a few stories of a Super Hero (or Villian in other book), and then the writers spend the rest of the chapter on that aspect of possible/impossible science they wish to lecture on. (There can't be "infinite worlds..."[mathematics] ...Flash can't go faster than light...ignoring all the more obvious anti-science wonders of the super heroes (Flash's 'vibrating molecules ability'). The authors do not address what part of say Flash is posisble and what is not, they merely predetermine this chapter will be on faster than light. And spend the next 7 pages on what could have been done in two paragraphs. Still a nice read [both books], but if I recall correctly the Physics of Superheroes is better book.
Yanthyr
What a great idea for a book - would super heroes powers work in the real world, and if so, how? A well thought out book that covers a wide spectrum of ideas, with a surprising final chapter on the genius of Carl Barks - a comic book/sci-fi geek nerd like myself LOVES getting more comic book trivia to "show off" at the next convention.

Perhaps a bit too much time spent explaining stars and black holes...it was well done, but went a little overboard, taking up room that could have been dedicated to the possibility of Adamantium, or an explanation of how a character could fly, or why super heros seem to have white eyes...

In summary, a really fun read.
Tygralbine
This book is really a story of the beginning of a lot of the Marvel comic book heros. It was really helpful to me for my research. A must have for comic fans and especially people who are new to comic books.
Velellan
Loved it