Lois Gresh, Robert Weinberg, introduction by Dean Koontz – The Science of Superheroes


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.

If gamma rays cant turn a 128-pound weakling into the Incredible Hulk, what could? Are Spider-Mans powers really those of a spider? Could a person ever breathe water like a fish? From telepathy to teleportation, from cloning to cosmic rays, this vastly entertaining romp through the nexus of science and fantasy separates the possible from the plausible and the barely plausible from the utterly ridiculous.

With an introduction by author Dean Koontz.

Author: Lois Gresh, Robert Weinberg, introduction by Dean Koontz
Narrator: Oliver Wyman
Duration: 7 hours 27 minutes
Released: 2 Aug 2011
Publisher: Random House Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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This book, I admit, took me a few listens before I realised how good it was. To begin with, I found it boring, then I really listened to it. It’s full of information that’s both informative and funny (although some of it may be out of date by now). The narration is good and the prologue is particularly funny, having been written by Dean Koontz. It gets a bit boring again towards the end when the authors questions cartoonists about the future of comic books. All in all though, it’s a good listen, showing where the story of a comic book very often neglects the science in preference to the storyline. For fans of both comics and science, it’s illuminating.