The Physics of Superheroes

The Physics of Superheroes

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A complete update to the hit book on the real physics at work in comic books, featuring more heroes, more villains, and more science 

Since 2001, James Kakalios has taught "Everything I Needed to Know About Physics I Learned from Reading Comic Books," a hugely popular university course that generated coast-to-coast media attention for its unique method of explaining complex physics concepts through comics. With  The Physics of Superheroes , named one of the best science books of 2005 by  Discover , he introduced his colorful approach to an even wider audience. Now Kakalios presents a totally updated, expanded edition that features even more superheroes and findings from the cutting edge of science. With three new chapters and completely revised throughout with a splashy, redesigned package, the book that explains why Spider-Man's webbing failed his girlfriend, the probable cause of Krypton's explosion, and the Newtonian physics at work in Gotham City is electrifying from cover to cover.
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2009.
Edition: Spectacular 2nd ed.
ISBN: 9781592405084
Branch Call Number: 530 KAK 2009
Characteristics: xx, 424 p. : ill.

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DavidB
Jan 04, 2011

“At one point in the story, following a brazen daytime bank robbery, Electro is shown escaping from authorities by climbing up the side of a building as easily as Spider-Man. The panel is reproduced on p. 169 in fig 22, where we see one observer exclaim, “Look!! That strangely-garbed man is racing up the side of the building!” A second man on the street picks up the narrative: “He’s holding on to the iron beams in the building by means of electric rays—using them like a magnet!! Incredible!” There are two feelings inspired by this scene. The first is nostalgia for the bygone era when pedestrians would routinely narrate events occurring in front of them, providing exposition for any casual bystander. The other is pleasure at the realization that Electro’s climbing this building is actually a physically plausible use of his powers.”

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DavidB
Mar 24, 2009

At one point in the story, following a brazen daytime bank robbery, Electro is shown escaping from authorities by climbing up the side of a building as easily as Spider-Man. The panel is reproduced on p. 169 in fig 22, where we see one observer exclaim, “Look!! That strangely-garbed man is racing up the side of the building!” A second man on the street picks up the narrative: “He’s holding on to the iron beams in the building by means of electric rays—using them like a magnet!! Incredible!” There are two feelings inspired by this scene. The first is nostalgia for the bygone era when pedestrians would routinely narrate events occurring in front of them, providing exposition for any casual bystander. The other is pleasure at the realization that Electro’s climbing this building is actually a physically plausible use of his powers.

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multcolib_central Jul 11, 2014

This is the book you need to read if you've ever wondered how superman flies, how the flash breathes while running so fast, and how Professor X can read minds. It's also a great book for sneaking some science into your comic-reading kids life. S/he won't ever notice s/he's learning.

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