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Inventing Iron Man - The Possibility of a Human Machine
Category: Novels & Comics
Genre: Book - Reference - Science Fiction
Product Line: Inventing Iron Man - The Possibility of a Human Machine
Author: E. Paul Zehr
Publish Date: 2011
Pages: 206
Dimensions: 5.75x8.5x.75"
In Print: No
Condition: EX+    
NKG part # Mfg. part # Type Condition
2147892760 1-4214-0226-2 Hardcover EX+

Tony Stark has been battling bad guys and protecting innocent civilians since he first donned his mechanized armor in the 1963 debut of Iron Man in Marvel Comics. Over the years, Starkís suit has allowed him to smash through walls, fly through the air like a human jet, control a bewildering array of weaponry by thought alone, and perform an uncountable number of other fantastic feats. The man who showed us all what it would take to become Batman probes whether scienceóand humankindóis up to the task of inventing a real-life Iron Man.

E. Paul Zehr physically deconstructs Iron Man to find out how we could use modern-day technology to create a suit of armor similar to the one Stark made. Applying scientific principles and an incredibly creative mind to the question, Zehr looks at how Iron Manís suit allows Stark to become a superhero. He discusses the mind-boggling and body-straining feats Iron Man performed to defeat villains like Crimson Dynamo, Iron Monger, and Whiplash and how such acts would play out in the real world. Zehr finds that science is nearing the point where a suit like Iron Manís could be made. But superherodom is not just about technology. Zehr also discusses our own physical limitations and asks whether an extremely well-conditioned person could use Iron Manís armor and do what he does.

A scientifically sound look at brain-machine interfaces and the outer limits where neuroscience and neural plasticity meet, Inventing Iron Man is a fun comparison between comic book science fiction and modern science. If youíve ever wondered whether you have what it takes to be the ultimate human-machine hero, then this book is for you.

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