The Physics of Superheroes

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Penguin Publishing Group, Sep 29, 2005 - Social Science - 384 pages
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James Kakalios explores the scientific plausibility of the powers and feats of the most famous superheroes — and discovers that in many cases the comic writers got their science surprisingly right. Along the way he provides an engaging and witty commentary while introducing the lay reader to both classic and cutting-edge concepts in physics, including:
  • What Superman’s strength can tell us about the Newtonian physics of force, mass, and acceleration
  • How Iceman’s and Storm’s powers illustrate the principles of thermal dynamics
  • The physics behind the death of Spider-Man’s girlfriend Gwen Stacy
  • Why physics professors gone bad are the most dangerous evil geniuses!

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Review: The Physics of Superheroes: Spectacular Second Edition

User Review  - Dawn Betts-Green - Goodreads

I really liked this book, but I won't lie and say I completely understood all the physics. Still a fun read though. Read full review

Review: The Physics of Superheroes: Spectacular Second Edition

User Review  - Jon - Goodreads

If you are a fan of comics and have an interest in math/science, this book will be fun to read. Word to the wise though, this book is more suited to people that haven't yet spent a considerable amount ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

James Kakalios is a professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota, where he has taught since 1988, and where his class "Everything I Needed to Know About Physics I Learned from Reading Comic Books" is a popular freshman seminar. He received his Ph.D. in 1985 from the University of Chicago, and has been reading comic books for much longer.

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