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    As the title suggests this book examines whether Iron Man could exist in the real world As with Michio Kaku’s book Physics of the Impossible answering the uestion involves defining the various meanings of “impossible” One way to parse t

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    When reading superhero comics or watching movies about the such it is very likely to uestion whether their feats or abilities were able to exist in the real world While a real life Superman may be uite far fetched

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    I picked up the book expecting to read about the amazing technology that goes into the making of the brilliantly engineered suit that we call Ir

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    35 Not great somewhat disappointing Not a big fan of the author's style The book is a lot of neuroscience and considering how an Iron Man suit could connect to one's brain and how the body would adapt to it

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    One of the most prevalent themes of speculative fiction is the examination of the idea of improving a human through the use of technology There are a myriad of versions whether it be through bionic implants cyborgs or full up androids housing human minds but the most successful execution of the idea is likely the story of Iron Man Iron Man

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    Review reposted from my blog whatistechnoagaincomThere needs to be books like thisA couple of years ago I read and reviewed a book called Becoming Batman The Possibility of a Superhero Unlike many other superhero meets something topics usually that “something” is philosophy related this one interested me on two fundam

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    When I saw this in vine I went back in forth this or something elseI'm geeky in that I love comics robots the concepts behind the things in this book Less nerd in that if you go all full on deep science and medical and math you might lose me if it leads us down a long curving road of technical mumbo jumbo Would I understand what the heck a professor of neroscience had to say on the subject Thank goodness I did settle on this book

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    I know that when I was a kid I would read the super hero comics and dream of becoming one of those heroes Of course for mos

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    Inventing Iron The Possibility of a Human Machine is a very intriguing informational book that discusses the possibilities

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    This wasn't nearly as engaging as Zehr's previous book Becoming Batman The focus is primarily on the function of neurons and how they work with muscles I had been hoping for a little engineering and physics and a

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Read ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ç E. Paul Zehr

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 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 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 ManE Paul Zehr physically deco When reading superhero comics or watching movies about the such it is very likely to uestion whether their feats or abilities were able to exist in the real world While a real life Superman may be uite far fetched the existence of Iron Man actually seems feasible given the technology currently available to us This book makes a brilliant scientific evaluation of the engineering necessary to build an Iron Man armor It also analyzes the effects of such an exoskeleton on human anatomy and physiology Initially the book discusses the normal structure and function of the human skeletal muscular and nervous systems and how these would be affected by the introduction of a mechanical exoskeleton such as the Iron Man armor It then goes on to elaborate on the applications and implications of having such a system controlled directly by the nervous system while illustrating potential decay of the human body inside the armor after extended use At the same time present day technologies including exoskeletons and prostheses are showcased throughout the book with regards to their function and possible applications within an Iron Man armor The book also delves into the amount of time and resources needed for development of Iron Man I personally enjoyed this book a great deal It evaluated the engineering behind Iron Man in immense depth while still leading the reader to ask him or herself further uestions It is also uite fascinating as it showcases clear impossibilities with regards to Iron Man s technology while at the same showing how close we really are to developing such a system I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in engineering or anatomy or who simply likes Iron Man

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Inventing Iron Man

Superherodom is not just about technology and Zehr also discusses our own physical limitations and asks whether or not an extremely well conditioned person could use Iron Man's armor and do what he doesA scientifically sound look at brain machine interfaces and the outer limits where neuroscience and neural plasticity meet Inventing Iron Man is a fun direct and parallel comparison of comic book science fiction with 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 When I saw this in vine I went back in forth this or something elseI m geeky in that I love comics robots the concepts behind the things in this book Less nerd in that if you go all full on deep science and medical and math you might lose me if it leads us down a long curving road of technical mumbo jumbo Would I understand what the heck a professor of neroscience had to say on the subject Thank goodness I did settle on this book and he realized not all of us are his studentsIn fact in the Prologue I was already laughing as he asked his young children too young to know of Iron Man what they thought of the concept sounded hot and started to explain the issues with such a suit in very mild science y terms I could actually understand It went on from there Including pics of the various Iron Men over the years the toys the movie Every little detail of each broken down with the pros and cons would they or wouldn t they work What problems would they present to the wearer of such a suit Every little hypothetical issue you could possibly imagine for a real life Iron Man is presented here I don t think pre orders are on the horizon any time soon But someone is definitely working on the issues involved in creating a real life Iron Man and probably reading this book while doing so

Read ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ç E. Paul Zehr

Nstructs 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 uestion 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 One of the most prevalent themes of speculative fiction is the examination of the idea of improving a human through the use of technology There are a myriad of versions whether it be through bionic implants cyborgs or full up androids housing human minds but the most successful execution of the idea is likely the story of Iron Man Iron Man was created by Stan Lee Larry Lieber Don Heck and Jack Kirby of Marvel Comics in 1963 He s appeared in than a 1000 comic books several animated series and two feature filmsTo have such success and longevity a character has to maintain their humanity so that the audience can identify with them Iron Man is able to do this better than other characters for two reasons first because the human Tony Stark can easily be separated from the machine and second because Tony Stark is a very human character a mesh of exaggerated flaws and charmWhen the audience attempts to identify with the character they inevitably ask themselves could I do that Could I assuming I was a genius billionaire become Iron Man In the new book Inventing Iron Man The Possibility of a Human Machine EPaul Zehr attempts to answer that uestion from the perspective of someone that is both a professor of neuroscience and kinesiology and a comic book geekThis is the second time Dr Zehr has examined via a book such a uestion A few years ago he wrote a book called Becoming Batman The Possibility of a Superhero It too incidentally is a great bookImagine for a moment the challenges of creating and being Iron Man What are the uestions you would ask This is how Zehr attacks the problem Can a machine emulate the actions of a human Can a human interface with such a machine Can a human inhabit such a machine How would using it impact the body How long could one be Iron ManThis is a book written for the curious Don t expect short simple yes or no answers This is a book that leaves the path to explore tangents that bring a greater understanding of the variables involved Zehr draws on his own expertise but also brings in experts in diverse areas that serve as parallels to the idea of Iron Man The Iron Man costume would have to provide the life support of a NASA EVA spacesuit the protection of an army bomb disposal team s protective suit the flying capabilities of Yves Rossy s Jet man wing and the dexterous control of NASA s Robonaut It would also have to interface with the brain like the medical prosthetics used to help paralyzed persons The curious person like Zehr can t just stop there with the technical possibilities but has to look at the human perspective How much training would it take to control the suit How much concentration to operate it What would happen to the body as it experienced the stresses that Iron Man endures every day To maintain a connection between the reality that is being examined and the original source character in the comic books and films scattered throughout the book are uotations and illustrations from the comics to explain how the comics have addressed the same uestions Sixty one different comics are cited throughout the bookI m an engineer and an instructor so I look at any technical discussion from two perspectives Is it technically correct and is it being described in a way that is understandable to the audience Inventing Iron Man succeeds on both counts It is a fast and fascinating read I read the 180 page book in a single sittingInventing Iron Man The Possibility of a Human Machine is published by the prestigious Johns Hopkins University Press The list price is 2495 On com the hardback is 1585 and the Kindle edition is 999To learn about the book visit the official website inventingironmancom