Secrets of Superhero Science

I'm Barry Fitzgerald - Research Scientist at Delft University of Technology, Speaker, Scientific Communicator and Author.

In February 2016, I self-published my popular science book the "Secrets of Superhero Science". In the book,  I talk about the real science and current scientific research that you need to know in order to create the superpowers of the superheroes. Iron Man suits, invisibility cloaks and web slingers may be part of your future. 

Click here to read about my journey to the "Secrets of Superhero Science".

"Secrets of Superhero Science" is out now!


"Secret Science of Santa Claus" is out now!

How does Santa Claus travel around the world on Christmas Eve?

Have you ever wondered how Santa Claus avoids rainfall and snowstorms?

How far does Santa Claus travel on Christmas Eve?

The answers to these and many other questions can be found in my brand new book – Secret Science of Santa Claus. In the book you can read about the science behind the incredible technologies that Santa uses to help him deliver presents on Christmas Eve. Santa has developed these technologies with the elf-scientists at his Arctic workshops. You’ll learn the science behind Santa’s flying reindeer, his cutting-edge weather prediction methods and the gadgets that allow Santa fly large distances in the blink of an eye! You’ll also read about the possible future that awaits Santa Claus as his Christmas Eve gift-bringing continues onwards into the 21st century.

Are you ready to unlock the Secret Science of Santa Claus?

Article on BBC Science Focus about Iron Man and Non-Spherical Particles

Most of the time my fundamental research at TU Delft and my superhero work walk side by side with no obvious overlap between the two topics. However, earlier this year, one of the PhD students in our group published a very nice paper about drag forces experienced by non-spherical particles in fluid flows. In the […]

Interview for Midland Science Festival and Science Week 2017

Last week I spoke with the organisers of the Midlands Science Festival, which is arranging events as part of Science Week Ireland 2017. I'll be speaking at the Edgeworthstown festival on Saturday November 18th and very much looking forward to visiting Longford to spread the Superhero Science vibes. Below is the interview. You can also […]

Galway International Arts Festival and The Power of Superheroes

My adventures in the superhero world has thus far afforded me the opportunity to speak at events and locations that I could never have anticipated. From speaking at Dutch Comic Con to hosting a conference on Superhero Science at TU Delft, it really has one great experience after another. Last weekend I added an arts […]

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    Secrets of Superhero Science at 2nd Friday Eindhoven organised by KIVI

    16.30 - 19.00High-Tech Campus

    2nd Friday 13 May: the Secrets of Superhero Science

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have superpower? Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Have you ever dreamed of having Sue Storm’s power of invisibility, one of Iron Man’s amazing flying suits or the ability to produce spider silk just like Spider Man?

    The answer to these and many other questions can be found in the new book ‘’Secrets of Superhero Science’’. The authors Barry Fitzgerald will take us on a journey through some of these incredible powers and abilities, the stories that have created some of the biggest superhero icons and the real science that could in the future lead to the emergence of superpowers in the real world. He will also talk about how these powers could be safely integrated into modern society and how we might control their use in the future. 

    2nd Friday is a free monthly networking drink, organized by KIVI, for young professionals with interests in technology and innovation.

    4.30 pm – 5.00 pm Doors are open for networking drinks
    5.00 pm – 5.45 pm This month’s theme – Secrets of Superhero Science
    5.45 pm – 7.00 pm Networking drinks continue

    Room Ernst (upstairs)
    Conference Center The Strip
    High Tech Campus Eindhoven

    As always, people can join any time. Registration is not required.

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