Secrets of Superhero Science

Superheroes have all sorts of super powers. But which ones are scientifically motivated? Scientist Barry Fitgerald tells you all about it.

Superheroes have all kinds of super powers to save the world. But which of those super powers are scientifically motivated and already possible with current technology? Barry Fitzgerald, researcher at TU Delft and author of Secrets of Superhero Science, talks about the genetic manipulation of the X-Men, the advanced vision of Hawkeye and the science behind the spider silk that Spider-Man uses. Subsequently, we’ll screen a superhero film you simply cannot miss.

About Barry Fitzgerald
Barry W. Fitzgerald is a physicist, scientist, and superhero enthusiast. In addition to his work as scientific researcher in areas such as biomass processing and responsible innovation, Barry is very active in the field of scientific communication and outreach. He has given hundreds of talks around the world about superheroes at events such as Dutch Comic Con, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Delft International Festival of Technology, La Futura Shanghai, American Physical Society Meeting in Los Angeles, and the Galway International Arts Festival.

Barry is also the author of two popular science books – Secrets of Superhero Science and Secret Science of Santa Claus. In addition, he has published a number of scientific papers on innovative methods that can address communication and teaching using superheroes. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the open access journal Superhero Science and Technology, which is based at TU Delft.

He has seen the 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War more than 40 times and his superpower will always remain a closely guarded secret.
(Photo credits: Bart van Overbeeke)

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Type Talk
Part of Things To Come
Spoken languages English
Speaker Barry Fitzgerald


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