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The Secret Science of Superheroes

Lorch, Mark; Mackenwells, Brian; Jesson, David; Pires, Isabel; Day, Kat; Gentle, Louise; Whiting, Mark; Miles, Rob; Kundu, Suze; Verran, Joanna; Coxon, Paul; Rathi, Akshat; Byrne, Karl; Heathcoate-Marcz, Felicity


Brian Mackenwells

David Jesson

Isabel Pires

Kat Day

Louise Gentle

Mark Whiting

Rob Miles

Suze Kundu

Joanna Verran

Paul Coxon

Akshat Rathi

Karl Byrne

Felicity Heathcoate-Marcz


Andy Miah


Ever wondered what a superhero eats for breakfast? Do they need a special diet to feed their superpowers? The odd metabolisms of superheroes must mean they have strange dietary needs, from the high calorie diets to fuel flaming bodies and super speeds, to not so obvious requirements for vitamins and minerals.

The Secret Science of Superheroes looks at the underpinning chemistry, physics and biology needed for their superpowers. Individual chapters look at synthesising elements on demand, genetic evolution and what superhero suits could be made of. By exploring these topics, the book introduces a wide range of scientific concepts, from protein chemistry to particle physics for a general scientifically interested audience.

With contributions from leading science communicators the book hopes to answer some of these important questions rather than debunk or pick holes in the science of superheroes.


Lorch, M., Mackenwells, B., Jesson, D., Pires, I., Day, K., Gentle, L., Whiting, M., Miles, R., Kundu, S., Verran, J., Coxon, P., Rathi, A., Byrne, K., & Heathcoate-Marcz, F. (2017). M. Lorch, & A. Miah (Eds.). The Secret Science of Superheroes. Royal Society of Chemistry

Book Type Edited Book
Publication Date 2017
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2018
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Book Title The Secret Science of Superheroes
Chapter Number -
ISBN 978-1-78262-487-5
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Contract Date Aug 1, 2017