Adult Nonfiction QC23.2 .K35 2005
Summary: If superheroes stepped off the comic book page or silver screen and into reality, could they actually work their wonders in a world constrained by the laws of physics? How strong would Superman have to be to Âleap tall buildings in a single boundÂ? Could Storm of the X-Men possibly control the weather? And how many cheeseburgers would the Flash need to eat to be able to run at supersonic speeds?Face front, True Believer, and wonder no more! Because in The Physics of Superheroesacclaimed university professor James Kakalios shows that comic book heroes and villains get their physics right more often than you think.In this scintillating scientific survey of super powers youÂll learn what the physics of forces and motion can reveal about SupermanÂs strength and the true cause of the destruction of his home planet Krypton, what villains Magneto and Electro can teach us about the nature of electricityÂand finally get the definitive answer about whether it was the Green Goblin or Spider-ManÂs webbing that killed the Wall CrawlerÂs girlfriend Gwen Stacy in that fateful plunge from the George Washington Bridge!Along the way, The Physics of Superheroesexplores everything from energy, to thermodynamics, to quantum mechanics, to solid state physics, and Kakalios relates the physics in comic books to such real-world applications as automobile airbags, microwave ovens, and transistors. YouÂll also see how comic books have often been ahead of science in explaining recent topics in quantum mechanics (with Kitty Pryde of the X-Men) and string theory (with the Crisis on Infinite Earths).This is the book you need to read if you ever wondered how the Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four can see when she turns transparent, if the Atom could travel on an electron through a phone line, or if electromagnetic theory can explain how Professor X reads minds. Fun, provocative, and packed with more superheroes and superpowers than an Avengers-Justice League crossover, The Physics of Superheroeswill make both comic-book fans and physicists exclaim, ÂExcelsior!Â Quotes: ÂThe Physics of Superheroesis clear, rapid, funny, and endlessly informativeÂ as if Stan Lee and George Gamow had teamed up to battle the nefarious forces of ignorance.Â ÂGerard Jones, author of Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book ÂAuthor James Kakalios is a scientific genius who could put Lex Luthor and Dr. Doom to shame. Superman should have him on retainer. I doÂbecause The Physics Of Superheroesis this comic-book writer's newest favorite indispensable resource.Â ÂMark Waid, writer of Spider-Man, Superman, and the Fantastic Four
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