The Science of Supervillians

The Science of Supervillians

Robert Weinberg, Lois H. Gresh

Language: English

Pages: 150

ISBN: B008AUE346

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Science of Supervillians

Robert Weinberg, Lois H. Gresh

Language: English

Pages: 150

ISBN: B008AUE346

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The authors of The Science of Superheroes now reveal the real genius of the most evil geniuses
Ever wonder why comic book villains, such as Spiderman's bionic archenemy Dr. Octopus or the X-Men's eternal rival Magneto, are so scary and so much fun? It's not just their diabolical talent for confounding our heroes, it's their unrivalled techno-proficiency at creating global mayhem that keeps comic book fans captivated. But is any of the science actually true? In The Science of Supervillains, authors Lois Gresh and Bob Weinberg present a highly entertaining and informative look at the mind-boggling wizardry behind the comic book world's legendary baddies. Whether it's artificial intelligence, weapons systems, anti-matter, robotics, or magnetic flux theory, this fun, fact-filled book is a fascinating excursion into the real-world science animating the genius in the comic book world's pantheon of evil geniuses.

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Scientists throughout the world are studying how amphibians and other animals regenerate limbs with the hope of someday using that knowledge to help humans do the same. One of the best-known researchers in the field is zoology professor Steven Scadding, who has worked on the mystery for more than a quarter of a century. Scadding primarily deals with axolotls, a species of salamanders that possess this regenerative power. Scadding has discovered that a substance called retinoic acid (now

The easiest way to define multidimensional space is by using basic geometry. A point (.) has no length, width, or height. It is just a point, defining a singularity in any dimension. A straight line segment defines one dimension. The line segment has length but no width or height. It can be measured by the distance between a starting point and an end point (which is why it is a segment). A straight line segment can be measured (e.g., it is 2 inches long), whereas a straight line continues to

visible to dwellers on three-dimensional worlds. Only the three-dimensional parts of his body are visible in our world. Thus, pretending to die is a lot easier for the imp, as it’s impossible to give him a complete and thorough examination. Magic is science if most of what takes place is unseen by the audience. Bringing statues and signs to life is a lot easier if the props extend into the unimaginable fourth dimension and are attached to machines that make them mobile. Remember, the fourth

ovens are so far beyond the average person that they don’t even begin to want to know what makes it go. With that in mind, I think you could actually get away with just as much stretching of the facts of science as you could before. The terminology has changed, but the imaginations mutating the real science and the readers who are willing to suspend their disbelief haven’t, at the core, changed all that much. Thanks again to our talented group of comic professionals for participating in our Q&A

device. Ward, Mark, “The Military Gets Mightier,” BBC News, Sci/Tech, Jan. 12, 2001, www.news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/1112411.stm. 3. Computer Supervillain or Village Idiot? Brainiac Adventures of Superman #438, Mar. 1988. Adventures of Superman #445, Oct. 1988. “The Brainiac Trilogy,” Action Comics #649, Jan. 1990. “The Super-Duel in Space,” Action Comics#242, 1958. Superman Y2K (continuing comic book series). Brooks, Rodney, “Elephants Don’t Play Chess,” Robotics and

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