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Good idea, bad execution I m honestly kind of impressed by how The Science of Superheroes manages to insult its readers It s bizarre to read a book where the authors talk down to the primary audience.Divided into chapters about specific superheroes and then focusing on parts of their story , the book takes some weird tangents For example out of everything interesting about DNA as it relates to mutations superheroes involved X Men , the authors decided on a diatribe about the creationist movement I m pro evolution, but it drove me nuts that Ms Gresh and Mr Weinberg gave so much time and space to what s a political rather than scientific issue especially because there is so, so, so much fascinating stuff about DNA and our genes.You know how sometimes you go to a party and there s that one person who clearly doesn t want to be there and ruins the mood That is this book Yes, there were some interesting parts But comic book fans would probably be insulted understandably by the tone used, most adults don t like being preached at, and it s just advanced enough to not appeal to most kids plus, it was published over a decade ago, so some of the science is a little wacky Definitely a skip Not recommended. Overall, I enjoyed this a great deal Clearly lots of science, but explained in such a way that I a definite non science type could understand My only negative was there were definite areas where the book meandered a bit too far from the premise into preachy territory and while I didn t disagree with what was being said, it seems a bit far afield for the title of the book. This book is AMAZING If you love science and super heroes it s for you If you love comics and their history, and are interested in the scientific possibilities of superheros this is for you If you need a book that will introduce you to probably about half of all modern scientific concepts of any value, and want a really interesting leeway into it superheros this is for you I basically can t say enough good things about this book and how damned awesome it is.What happens throughout most of the book is a super hero is chosen as the subject A little bit about the characters creation and history is explained, as well as their fictional creation and history From their one or two scientific topic s are broached basically explaining why their powers are scientifically possible or in most cases not possible Some examples friction via the Flash, the properties that spiders have via spider man, what effects planets with different gravity would have on people via superman, what the theory of evolution is via x men Some of the chapters also cover scientific topics related to story lines from the superheros history, such as covering cloning in Spider mans chapter.The book also starts and ends in part with an amazing run down of the history of the comics industry There is also a really touching part of the book that talks about a specific artist writers works in non superhero comics.All in all the book is amazing and nothing I can say can do it credit So get it, and read it It s been ten years since The Science of Superheroes by Lois Gresh and Robert Weinberg was published Over that time, and especially in the five years or so that the book has been on my shelf, there is absolutely no doubt that comics and superheroes have gone mainstream.2002 was also the year that the first Spiderman film was released, a huge film that can be credited with the explosion of comic based blockbusters as well as kick starting Marvel s revival they went from being nearly bankrupt in 1997 to being bought by Disney for 4 billion a couple of years ago.Save for being obsessed with the 90s cartoon version of the X Men, comics and comic culture apart from the aforementioned blockbusters have largely passed me by The Amazing Spiderman, a so, so reboot of the franchise after the terrible Spiderman 3, with its cringe worthy emo Spiderman, came out just this year, but it was the onslaught of all things Avengers this summer that reminded me to dig out The Science of Superheroes Even then the book kept slipping down my reading list until I finally got round to playing Batman Arkham Asylum this week and was reminded of it again.Picking superheroes, largely from the Marvel and DC catalogues, The Science of Superheroes tries to unpick the powers of famous characters like Batman, Superman, Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk and explain how plausible, or commonly implausible, their powers are, according to our scientific understanding of the world You ll note that all the superheroes are male something the authors do mention in the appendix, when they lament the lack of heroines in comic books.Given that Batman doesn t have any actual powers and is just a man with a lot of time and money on his hands, you get the impression that he was shoehorned into the book because they couldn t leave out DC s biggest hero All of Batman s utility belt gadgets are things that existed at time of his creation or at least weren t too far away in miniaturised form, which doesn t make for particularly interesting reading, so the authors decided instead to crowbar in a few pages discussing plate tectonics and the possibility of a major earthquake hitting New York, as once happened to Gotham.As turns out, there are some science lessons to be learned from Batman A little while back, four physics students from the University of Leicester published a paper on TheTrajectory of a Falling Batman, which concluded that gliding using a batcape is not a safe way to travel, unless a method to rapidly slowdown is used such as a parachute Marshall et al., 2012.It s clear the authors are comfortable with physics than biology, as the best parts of the book are those to do with astronomy and the constraints imposed by the laws of physics Why can t the Flash, or Superman, actually travel faster than light What does the square cubed law have to say about the plausibility of Ant Man Are white holes the source of infinite energy, which powers the Green Lantern s ring But why does the Green Lantern s ring not work on yellow things, given that yellow is just a frequency of light and not a property of the object itself The book was a real let down, however, when it came to the chapter on the X Men, which is in the realms of biology and not physics and suffers most from the shoehorning problem There s a decent enough overview of evolution and natural selection, but it was disappointingly light on the capabilities of mutations and bioengineering, which is what I thought it would be about After a quick mention of Dolly the sheep, the authors choose to discuss something no less interesting and comical, but not actually comic related creationism Instead of trying to get at interesting topics, like where genetic modification might lead our species, we re given a run through on US centred controversies in the teaching of intelligent design and evolution that feels out of place and reads like the authors have a major axe to grind.Whilst it s a given that writers not just of comics occasionally have to take liberties with science in order to create and advance a good story, there was one writer, Carl Barks, creator of Donald Duck, who took the scientific accuracy of his drawings and storylines very seriously, with one of them not cited as a case of life imitating comic art In 1949 Barks wrote a story about Uncle Scrooge and Donald raising a sunken ship from the bottom of the sea by filling it with ping pong balls to increase its buoyancy.15 years later, Danish inventor Karl Kroeyer used a very similar technique, using expandable polystyrene foam bubbles, to raise a sunken freighter off the coast of Kuwait The Science of Superheroes claims he was inspired by the idea after reading the comic as a young boy, but Kroeyer was already 35 by the time the Donald Duck story was published Cracked.com repeated a story about Kroeyer being refused a patent on his invention on the grounds that the Donald Duck comic was prior art , but it s not clear whether this is actually true Makes for a cool story though.I picked this book up for the science than the superheroes, but really enjoyed the brief introductions and potted histories of the various comics, the ideas for the characters and their historical context Superheroes from the 40s fought Nazis, those from the 50s were a product of the atomic age and often had their origins in radioactivity, and skip to the 90s and we have heroes like the X Men who reflect the huge advances being made in genetics and bioengineering at the time Using superheroes is a fantastic premise for a popular science book, and there s enough comic history and science for lovers of both to get something out of it, but The Science of Superheroes is too patchy and doesn t take full advantage of the opportunity Marshall, D Hands, T Griffiths, I Douglas, G A29, Trajectory of a falling Batman , Physics Special Topics, North America, 10 9 12 2011. Quite an entertaining book, but aside from a few interesting science facts and comic book history information, it doesn t tell us anything we didn t already know The main premise of the book is to explain exactly why most superheroes are impossible As readers, however, we already know they are impossible We read comic books for the same reason we read novels to be entertained If we are looking for accurate science info, then we go elsewhere.The thing that really bothered me is the debate the authors have between evolution and creationism Rather than sticking to precise facts, the authors declare that evolution has been proven to be true time and time again My question is, how Have scientists succeeded in evolving any living organism into a completely different species Certain aspects of natural selection can be seen in nature, it s true, but the actual evolving of any species into another different species has yet to be proven When looking at the rock record, we never find any in between animal fossils, like a fish with legs or a half a lung Instead we see fully formed complex animals suddenly appearing after older animals have gone suddenly extinct Yet this little fact is left out of the book Also, when discussing the creationist beliefs, all creationists are grouped together as those who believe the earth along with the entire universe was created 6,000 years ago Unfortunately, this isn t true it is an outdated view which few still accept Most creationist scientists know the earth came into existence millions of years ago The proof of that is right in the rock record Also, no creation scientist believes that the entire universe came into existence along with the earth People 400 years ago believed that The authors contempt for creationism and God was very apparent, and not at all as objective as they were about other subjects The whole debate was completely out of place, and ruined the rest of the book for me Save it for a book about evolution and creationism.In the end, it would have been a better book if the authors stuck to facts, stuck to the original premise of the book, and did research about certain subjects to ensure they were fully accurate I would have also appreciated history about comics and superheroes It would also have been better if the size of the book wasn t so restricted, so that comics could have been discussed Give it a try if you like, but I can t recommend it. Until the recent blockbuster comic book movies convinced sports fans that men in tights who were not pro wrestlers could be cool, we comics geeks hid our books like family secrets But the days of proudly admitting readership might be at an end, because The Science of Superheroes deals a blow to comic book credibility that not even 100 million in opening weekend box office receipts can heal while superheroes may be cool, many of their powers are scientifically unsound.Authors Lois Gresh and Robert Weinberg, both lauded science fiction writers, deconstruct the powers of such iconic heroes as Spider Man, Superman, the Hulk, and the Flash and conclude that, well, they re a load of bunk.Let s discuss Spider Man and Superman, the flagship heroes of Marvel and DC, respectively, and among the most well known fictional characters in the world Peter Parker, a dweeby science student, was bitten by a radioactive spider, giving him the proportional strength, speed, and agility of the arachnid The problem Spiders are not particularly fast, agile, or strong Spiders move quickly, but are not noted as being particularly fast for their size, Gresh and Weinberg write Anything with eight legs can only move so fast without tripping over itself and spiders have never been noted for their great strength Also, spiders scurry about on the ground or on their webs but are not noted for their grace and balance The most disappointing news Not all spiders can climb walls, so depending on what kind of spider bit him, Spider Man wouldn t be able to scale buildings like, well, a spider And let s not even discuss the improbability of Spidey s vaunted spider sense.Superman is even impossible Over the decades, many explanations have been given for the Man of Steel s incredible strength, the most lasting of which is that his native planet Krypton s gravitational field was much stronger than that of Earth s As a being built to withstand that gravity, Superman is able to overcome Earth s weaker gravity and lift the comparatively lighter objects on Earth quite easily.But there s a little problem here, too The force necessary to lift an object on a planet is equal to the mass of the planet multiplied by the gravitational force present on that planet, the authors write Thus, a human who could lift 100 kg on Earth could lift 600 kg on the moon, which has one sixth the gravity of Earth Which would imply that for Superman to be 1,000 times stronger on Earth than he is on Krypton, Krypton would have to be 1,000 times as massive as the Earth And there s the rub a planet that size simply could not exist Even if it could there would be the small matters of how a creature could withstand the incredible gravitational pressure hint it couldn t and ludicrous speed necessary to achieve escape velocity to launch infant Kal El on his journey to begin with 1 30th the speed of light, to be exact I m as crushed as you are, believe me.The only failed chapter in this fascinating and easily digested book is the one on the mutant X Men It begins with a recap of the comic book s major characters and story arcs, moves into a discussion of evolution, and then wastes time refuting the ridiculous arguments supporting creationism It ends without ever discussing this fundamental question could evolution produce a man who shoots ruby lasers from his eyes Cyclops , a woman who controls weather Storm , or a man who turns to ice Iceman I m going to step out on a limb and answer no to those questions, but it would have made for an entertaining read. 2013 1So as reading this book some of well known superheroes are proved either impossible or probable, scientifically of course Some hardcore geeks might defend their heroes But Mia tends to go for weirdos the likes of Batman, seriously guy who hides behind mask and lives two different lives definitely has some issues, then Hawkeye, because of the archery Robin Hood was her first book along with Jane Eyre and the fact that it s Jeremy Renner who portrays him.Oh she s still falling head over heels to that Green Arrow bloke from Smallville series, I think he s in the show only for a while and it s quite funny as Mia, usually, despise anything Green hence the Hulk in not in the lovelist The X Men guys quite okay yet I think she likes Scott summers s glass and the fact that his eyes are leathal, and that R my LeBeau I d rather not talk about him and yes the weirdos list can go on and on.Talking about superheroes and antiheroes is fun, especially when most of characters are basically insane and well egomaniacs they can t stand each others Superman is not that cool, he s TOO perfect and now scientifically proven, he s impossible ha Does he ever sweat Come on there s always something about sweat, body odor and anyway then there s Flash, another impossible character since Nobody can move faster than the speed of light p 128 The amazing revelation is about the Amazing Spider Man who s actually not that amazing His fans won t like the chapter, might even argue till their last breath but hey if you come to think about it there s something phony about him I concure that it s kind of fun watching him swing around in a high poppulated city with his phony err artificial web.This book is a perfect start for the new year, now it s 2013, despite written back in 2002 Who ever thought that Mia is a geek PS Mia is considering to start re reading Donald Duck adventures Long live the Duck Man, the real deal hero Buku menarik yang membahas setiap karakter superhero terkenal dari sisi sains Seru juga ketika fakta fakta sains dibeberkan sehingga jelas sekali beberapa karakter superhero yang kita kenal sejak masa kecil, hingga dewasa sekarang pun, sebenarnya sangat tidak mungkin ada Beberapa kejanggalan dipaparkan dengan apik, dan hey bahkan aku yang tidak terlalu ehem berhasil di lab kimia dan fisika bisa menikmatinya loh. 85 2014Baca ebooknya tidak tamat tamat, eh baru belakangan tahu tahun kemarin sudah terbit terjemahannya, mana yang nerjemahin Mas Ronny lagi.Jadi memang harus kuakui, kalau aku membaca komik, terutama komik superhero, biasanya akal sehat dan logikaku kusingkirkan dulu jauh jauh Kalau tidak, bisa bisa aku tidak menikmati jalan ceritanya Pokoknya, segala keabsurdan sains dan teknologi yang disajikan penulis komik, aku terima saja bulat bulat bahwa anything can happen in comic world Jangankan sains nyleneh, cerita yang nyerempet nyerempet mitologi dan supranatural saja kuterima dengan tangan terbuka.Sudah jelas, di buku ini komik dengan logika sains yang paling masuk akal adalah komik Batman, di mana peralatan teknologi canggih Batman yang jaman tahun 60 an dulu mungkin masih supercanggih, saat ini sudah umum dan wajar digunakan jagoan tukang makin hakim sendiri manapun saat ini Apalagi Batman termasuk golongan superhero yang cuma manusia biasa, yang lebih kuat dan pintar daripada manusia kebanyakan karena rajin berlatih dan belajar.Tidak banyak superhero dan sainsnya yang dibahas di sini, karena kalau dibahas satu satu bisa bisa bukunya berseri dan tak akan ada habisnya Yang pasti, sebenarnya ada buku The Science of Supervillains juga Tapi sepertinya belum ada penerbit Indonesia yang menerbitkan terjemahannya.PS Ada kesalahan cetak di buku yang kubeli online ini Halaman 53 54 bertukar tempat dengan halaman 135 136 Tapi ya sudahlah Lembaran uang dan perangko salah cetak saja jadi barang langka, siapa tahu buku terjemahan dengan salah cetak juga bisa jadi barang langka 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 X Men just to name a few and discussed in depth their powers, origin stories, narrative continuity, and whether there was any basis in scientific fact for their superpowers There were great recommendations both throughout the book and in the footnotes ya ll know I love a book with excellent footnotes They also went to great lengths to give a detailed, thorough history of comics in general which made this an altogether well rounded and researched book I ve read some so called scientific nonfiction that couldn t hold a candle to the amount of work that Gresh Weinberg obviously put in for this book Another huge bonus was the extensive appendix which also included biographies and qa responses with several popular current writers of comics Am I gushing I can t help it that I love a good set of biographical facts organized in an orderly fashion At any rate, whether you re a pop culture fan, comic aficionado, superhero movie nerd, or really into researched footnotes this is sure to fit the bill and be an excellent choice for a cozy autumn evening 10 10 `DOWNLOAD EPUB ↲ 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 Julius Schwartz, Editor Emeritus, DC ComicsSuperman, 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 SupervillainsLois 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 TimesRobert Weinberg Oak Forest, IL Is A Multiple Award Winning Author Of Novels, Nonfiction Books, Short Stories And Comics