The Physics of Superheroes

The Physics of Superheroes

by JamesKakalios (Author)


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 'leap tall buildings in a single bound'? Could Storm of the X-Men possibly control the weather? Face front, True Believer, and wonder no more! Because in "The Physics of Superheroes", you'll learn what the physics of forces and motion can reveal about Superman's strength; the true cause of the destruction of his home planet Krypton and what villains Magneto and Electro can teach us about the nature of electricity. Fun and provocative, "The Physics of Superheroes" will make both comic-book fans and physicists exclaim, 'Excelsior!'


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
Edition: 2nd Revised ed.
Publisher: Duckworth
Published: 26 Jan 2006

ISBN 10: 0715635492
ISBN 13: 9780715635490

Media Reviews
'Kakalios has written a book for the general reader... [that] is difficult to put down... [that all this] is accomplished with enough humour to make you laugh aloud is an added bonus' Publishers Weekly
Author Bio
James Kakalios is a professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. in 1985 from the University of Chicago, and has been reading comic books for much longer.