The Physics of Superheroes: Spectacular Second Edition

The Physics of Superheroes: Spectacular Second Edition

James Kakalios

Language: English

Pages: 448

ISBN: 1592405088

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Physics of Superheroes: Spectacular Second Edition

James Kakalios

Language: English

Pages: 448

ISBN: 1592405088

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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.

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present day, noting, “The professor will be mystified at how this magnet held on to a gold coin!” And indeed, Prof. Hyatt was, and properly so. 63 In the motion picture X-Men 2: X-Men United, Magneto is able to overcome his guard and escape from his plastic cell only after his accomplice Mystique has injected a small quantity of magnetic metal into the guard’s bloodstream. 64 Try this experiment: Take two flexible credit card-size magnets and hold them so that their magnetic sides face each

might initially wonder whether Superman might seem more real to students than pulleys, ropes, and inclined planes. But the real reason students don’t complain is undoubtedly that the comic-book examples are fun, while inclined planes aren’t. And that is perhaps one of the most useful reasons for thinking about the physics of superheroes. Not only can you imagine, and be introduced to, lots of interesting physics, from everyday phenomena to esoteric modern subjects, but it is actually fun to think

Arrow (an amalgam of Batman and Robin Hood, with a quiver full of gadget arrows such as a “boxing-glove arrow” or a “handcuff arrow,” whose successful application violated several fundamental principles of aerodynamics), carried on the positive outlooks and righteousness of their antecedents, and their plot-driven twelve- or twenty-two-page-long stories did not leave much room for character development. A typical Silver Age hero in a DC comic book would gain superpowers through some implausible

the fish responds through a complex chain of chemical reactions by, in essence, taking a deep breath, transferring air into its bloodstream, and injecting air into its swim bladder, thereby expanding it. The fish’s average density thus lowers, and it is pushed toward the surface. Similarly, it can extract air from the bladder, increasing its density, when it wishes to descend. Aquaman, being of unique half human, half-A tlantean parentage, has obviously developed an analogous organ that enables

thanked by a group of bystanders. In addition to requests for his autograph, one person patted the Flash’s shoulder and, receiving a shock, noted, “Hey, check it out! His uniform is covered in static electricity!” This excess charge should in general discharge to the first metallic object near the Flash that was connected to electrical ground as soon as he stopped running. The fact that this contact electrification was only noticed in 2004 (and not in the previous fifty years of Flash comics)

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