Chasing Captain America: How Advances in Science, Engineering, and Biotechnology Will Produce a Superhuman

Chasing Captain America: How Advances in Science, Engineering, and Biotechnology Will Produce a Superhuman

Could we create a real-life superhero by changing human biology itself?

The form and function of the human body, once entirely delimited by nature, are now fluid concepts thanks to recent advances in biomedical science and engineering. Professor, author, and comic book enthusiast E. Paul Zehr uses Marvel’s Captain America — an ordinary man turned into an extraordinary hero, thanks to a military science experiment — as an entry-point to this brave new world of science, no longer limited to the realm of fiction. With our ever-expanding scientific and technological prowess, human biological adaptability is now in our fallible human hands. Thanks to the convergence of biology, engineering, and technology, we can now alter our abilities through surgery, pharmaceutical enhancement, technological fusion, and genetic engineering.

Written in an accessible manner, Chasing Captain America explores these areas and more, asking what the real limits of being human are, how far we should bend those limits, and how we may be forced to reshape human biology if we are to colonize planets like Mars.

Title:Chasing Captain America: How Advances in Science, Engineering, and Biotechnology Will Produce a Superhuman
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781770411999
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About E. Paul Zehr

Sensorimotor neuroscientist by day, superhero science ninja by night. Check out my neuroscience blog


    Chasing Captain America: How Advances in Science, Engineering, and Biotechnology Will Produce a Superhuman Reviews

  • Quintin Zimmermann

    The hook of this book is the non-fiction exploration of the real world creation of the comic book superhero, Captain America. Chasing Captain America argues that we are in the process of evolving beyo...

  • Splatter Geist

    I found this book to be an exceptionally well-written piece of literature enlightening us about today's groundbreaking work (and discoveries) in medical science. Zehr blends awesome comic metaphors wi...

  • Sammy

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and ECW Press in exchange for an honest review.I love superheroes. So seeing a book called Chasing Captain America; mixing my love of science and maths wi...

  • Kyle

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Probably the least probable of Zehr’s comic trilogy, the science within makes you want to believe that becoming Captain...

  • Thomas

    This is the second book by Zehr, Becoming Batman was a good read, and Chasing Captain America is solid. Zehr uses his love of comic superheroes to explain some very intricate science (an overview, but...

  • Brandi

    It was a fun read and I was really enjoying it until a leak from one of the upstairs apartment's toilets rendered the rest of the book unreadable. Blast!...

  • Collin

    3.5. Similar to Zehr's other books, but I liked this one more since it didn't drag out as long....