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    DescriptionTony 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, Stark's 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 science-and humankind-is 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 Man's 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 Man's 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 Man's 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 you've 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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    Inventing Iron Man
    The Possibility of a Human Machine
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) E. Paul Zehr
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 385 g
    ISBN 13: 9781421402260
    ISBN 10: 1421402262

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: GRA
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PD, TB
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16000
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    B&T General Subject: 710
    Ingram Subject Code: TE
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    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 01
    DC21: 629.8
    BISAC V2.8: TEC000000, SCI000000
    DC22: 629.8
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: CGN000000
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F3.2
    BISAC V2.8: LIT017000, TEC059000
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    BISAC V2.8: TEC037000
    B&T Approval Code: A93203610
    BISAC V2.8: MED077000
    BIC subject category V2: FXS
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    LC classification: TJ211 .Z42 2011
    Thema V1.0: XAK, TB, PD, XQK
    Illustrations note
    29 halftones, 12 line drawings
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    18 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    E. Paul Zehr is a professor of neuroscience and kinesiology at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and the author of Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero, also published by Johns Hopkins. For more information about finding your inner superhero, visit www.inventingironman.com.
    Review quote
    "Back in the sixties, when I first dreamed up the concept of Iron Man, I thought, 'What if a man had a suit of armor, like the knights of old - but modern armor that housed all sorts of miniaturized, technical weaponry? Such a man would seem to be the ultimate superhero.' At first, I didn't give much thought to what that suit of armor might mean to the man inside - how it might affect his body and/or his brain and subtly blur the line between human and machine. But now, almost 40 years later, E. Paul Zehr has tackled that very subject. Inventing Iron Man is his fascinating vision of the real life implications of my original concept." (Stan Lee, comic icon and creator of Iron Man) "E. Paul Zehr, surely one of the coolest of professors, has done something interesting, enlightening, and maybe just a bit quixotic; he has built a bridge between the fantasy science of superhero comics and the eyes-front innovations of real-life technological innovators." (Dennis O'Neil, Iron Man writer and editor)"