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The Physics of Superheroes (Paperback)

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Books : The Physics of Superheroes (Paperback)
Professor James Kakalios shows that comic-book heroes and villains get their physics right more often that you would think. Learn what the physics of forces and motion can reveal about Superman's strength, and what would happen if the Atom could travel on an electron through a phone line. Exploring everything from thermo-dynamics to sold state physics, and relating the physics in comic books to such real-world applications as microwave ovens and drivers' air bags, "The Physics of Superheroes" shows how comic books have often been ahead of science in explaining cutting-edge physics, and will make both comic-book fans and physicists exclaim, 'Excelsior!'


Duckworth Publishing
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Kakalios, James
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September, 2010

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A fun read by an educa...

A fun read by an educator who clearly loves and appreciates comics. Although the science is rather basic for anyone who majored in the field, the exploration of how super-powers might actually work was informative for those of us who lack such a background. And it probably kept a few students more awake in his classes.

This book is what happ...

This book is what happens when you cross a comic book geek with a science nerd, but in a good way. Full of actual formulae, this is rather a more intellectual look at how Superman leaps tall buildings and why the Flash needs more skin lotion than the average guy. By the way - Thor's magic hammer that helps him fly? Scientifically accurate. So there.

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