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Gresh, Lois H. und Robert Weinberg: The Science of Supervillains. Hoboken: Wiley, 2004. (224 S.)
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ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-471-48205-5
BibTeX citation key: Gresh2004a
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Keywords: Naturwissenschaften, Superheld
Creators: Gresh, Weinberg
Publisher: Wiley (Hoboken)
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What sort of damage could an insane supergenius like Lex Luthor do with chemical and biological weapons? Just how close are we to creating robotic appendages for our bodies? Can a human being actually soar through the air just like Spider-Man’s nemesis, the Vulture, by using a giant set of wings? And if not, why not?
In the tradition of its successful predecessor The Science of Superheroes, The Science of Supervillains takes a lighthearted yet penetrating look at the true science that underlies some of the greatest comic book supervillains of all time. From Doctor Octopus and Grodd the Super-Gorilla to Magneto, Brainiac, the Silver Surfer, and many more, renowned science fiction authors Lois H. Gresh and Robert Weinberg explore the background of these fascinating foes, asking intriguing questions that lead to illuminating discussions about the limits of science, the laws of nature, and the future of technology.
Could a suit of body armor like Dr. Doom’s increase a soldier’s strength and speed—or even help a disabled person to walk? Could an implanted alien computer take control of the human brain? Is it possible to create killer lipstick? From teleportation to time travel, from artificial intelligence to alternate dimensions, each chapter examines the supervillains’ devilish deeds, separating those that retain an aura of scientific believability from the barely plausible and the simply impossible.
You’ll discover the puzzling link between magnetism and the brain; how Venom’s self-aware costume anticipated the development of intelligent textiles; and whether it’s possible that humans, like certain comic book characters, could someday live for hundreds, even thousands of years (the answer may surprise you). Plus, you’ll hear from comic book writers, editors, and artists on how believable science fits—or doesn’t fit—into the creative process.
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