The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios

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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!

About James Kakalios

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Author of The Physics of Superheroes, JAMES KAKALOIS is the Taylor Distinguished Professor and director of undergraduate studies in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota. He has published more than one hundred physics papers and has conducted extensive research on a variety of obscure physical phenomena, ranging from the nano to the neuro, and in 2008 he served as the on-set science consultant for the filming of Watchmen. He lives in Minnesota.
Published September 29, 2005 by Gotham. 384 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Science & Math, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical, History, Comics & Graphic Novels. Non-fiction

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How do you teach someone physics? Relate it to the life of a superhero.

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Publishers Weekly

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This terrific book demonstrates a number of important points. First, a subject that everyone "knows" is difficult and boring can, in the hands of a master teacher, be both exciting and fun.

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By combining his love for physics with his love of comic books, University of Minnesota physicist Kakalios has written a book for the general reader covering all of the basic points in a first-level college physics course and is difficult to put down.

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Because in The Physics of Superheroes acclaimed university professor James Kakalios shows that comic book heroes and villains get their physics right more often than you think.

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SF Signal

Just like there are six million books on The Philosophy of…(Harry Potter / Star Wars / Winnie the Pooh / Jenga), there are equal numbers of books coming at these same pop culture topics from a science standpoint.

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Graphic Novel Reporter

(Or maybe that’s just a warning for me: Even with Kakalios’s nice use of layman’s terms all-ages approach to the subject matter, I still had to take my time and reread some passages—all of which I enjoyed immensely.) Kakalios is a true comics fan through and through.

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