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The Physics of Superheroes applies 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 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!

Review:

"Offers a droll but sincere look at what Superman and Spider-Man can teach about physics.... Entertaining.... His explanations are lucid and smooth." Science magazine

Review:

"Writing with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Kakalios looks at classic comics with a physicist's eye.... Outstanding." The Orlando Sentinel

Review:

"Kakalios, a University of Minnesota physicist and unrepentant comics nerd, offers up jovial, largely equation-free deconstructions of Ant-Man's shrinking ability, the centripetal acceleration of Spider-Man's swing, and the strength of his silk web." Discover

Review:

"Wildly entertaining, yet scientifically accurate... Comprises a fairly solid introductory education in physics, sweetened with a history lesson in classic comic book superheroes." Metro

Review:

"Surprisingly enough, according to Kakalios, comic books get their physics right more often than you'd think." The Boston Globe

Synopsis:

Praise for The Physics of Superheroes

"Surprisingly enough, according to Kakalios, comic books get their physics right more often than you'd think."

The Boston Globe

"Writing with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Kakalios looks at classic comics with a physicist's eye. . . . Outstanding."

The Orlando Sentinel

"Kakalios, a University of Minnesota physicist and unrepentant comics nerd, offers up jovial, largely equation-free deconstructions of Ant-Man's shrinking ability, the centripetal acceleration of Spider-Man's swing, and the strength of his silk web."

Discover

"Wildly entertaining, yet scientifically accurateComprises 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."

Science magazine

Synopsis:

Praise for The Physics of Superheroes

“Surprisingly enough, according to Kakalios, comic books get their physics right more often than yo‛d think”

The Boston Globe

“Writing with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Kakalios looks at classic comics with a physicis‛s eye. . . . Outstanding”

—The Orlando Sentinel

“Kakalios, a University of Minnesota physicist and unrepentant comics nerd, offers up jovial, largely equation-free deconstructions of Ant-Ma‛s shrinking ability, the centripetal acceleration of Spider-Ma‛s 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”

Science magazine

About the Author

James Kakalios is a physics professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota, where he has been teaching since 1988.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781592402427
Author:
Kakalios, James
Publisher:
Gotham Books
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Physics -- Study and teaching.
Subject:
Science in popular culture
Subject:
Physics-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.00x5.34x.85 in. .72 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Review" by , "Offers a droll but sincere look at what Superman and Spider-Man can teach about physics.... Entertaining.... His explanations are lucid and smooth."
"Review" by , "Writing with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Kakalios looks at classic comics with a physicist's eye.... Outstanding."
"Review" by , "Kakalios, a University of Minnesota physicist and unrepentant comics nerd, offers up jovial, largely equation-free deconstructions of Ant-Man's shrinking ability, the centripetal acceleration of Spider-Man's swing, and the strength of his silk web."
"Review" by , "Wildly entertaining, yet scientifically accurate... Comprises a fairly solid introductory education in physics, sweetened with a history lesson in classic comic book superheroes."
"Review" by , "Surprisingly enough, according to Kakalios, comic books get their physics right more often than you'd think."
"Synopsis" by , Praise for The Physics of Superheroes

"Surprisingly enough, according to Kakalios, comic books get their physics right more often than you'd think."

The Boston Globe

"Writing with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Kakalios looks at classic comics with a physicist's eye. . . . Outstanding."

The Orlando Sentinel

"Kakalios, a University of Minnesota physicist and unrepentant comics nerd, offers up jovial, largely equation-free deconstructions of Ant-Man's shrinking ability, the centripetal acceleration of Spider-Man's swing, and the strength of his silk web."

Discover

"Wildly entertaining, yet scientifically accurateComprises 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."

Science magazine

"Synopsis" by , Praise for The Physics of Superheroes

“Surprisingly enough, according to Kakalios, comic books get their physics right more often than yo‛d think”

The Boston Globe

“Writing with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Kakalios looks at classic comics with a physicis‛s eye. . . . Outstanding”

—The Orlando Sentinel

“Kakalios, a University of Minnesota physicist and unrepentant comics nerd, offers up jovial, largely equation-free deconstructions of Ant-Ma‛s shrinking ability, the centripetal acceleration of Spider-Ma‛s 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”

Science magazine

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