Physics of Superheroes

ISBN-10: 1592402429
ISBN-13: 9781592402427
Edition: N/A
Authors: James Kakalios
List price: $15.00
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Description: The Physics of Superheroesapplies the reality of physics to the fantasy of comic books. James Kakalios explores the scientific plausibility of the powers and feats of the most famous superheroesand discovers that in many cases the comic writers got  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/21/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

The Physics of Superheroesapplies the reality of physics to the fantasy of comic books. James Kakalios explores the scientific plausibility of the powers and feats of the most famous superheroesand 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 Supermans strength can tell us about the Newtonian physics of force, mass, and acceleration How Icemans and Storms powers illustrate the principles of thermal dynamics The physics behind the death of Spider-Mans girlfriend Gwen Stacy Why physics professors gone bad are the most dangerous evil geniuses! BACKCOVER: Praise for The Physics of Superheroes Surprisingly enough, according to Kakalios, comic books get their physics right more often than youd think. The Boston Globe Writing with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Kakalios looks at classic comics with a physicists eye. . . . Outstanding. The Orlando Sentinel Kakalios, a University of Minnesota physicist and unrepentant comics nerd, offers up jovial, largely equation-free deconstructions of Ant-Mans shrinking ability, the centripetal acceleration of Spider-Mans swing, and the strength of his silk web. Discover Wildly entertaining, yet scientifically accurate Comprises a fairly solid introductory education in physics, sweetened with a history lesson in classic comic book superheroes. Metro Offers a droll but sincere look at what Superman and Spider-Man can teach about physics. . . . Entertaining. . . . His explanations are lucid and smooth. Sciencemagazine

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