The Physics of Superheroes
James Kakalios

Ciencias naturales , ,

The Physics of Superheroes

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A look inside the amazing”and often surprisingly accurate”physics behind the powers of your favorite superheroes!

If superheroes stepped off the comic-book page or silver screen and into reality, could they actually work their wonders in a wor ...

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Nombre: The Physics of Superheroes


Escrito por: James Kakalios

Tipo de documento: EPUB   

Tipo: No Ficción

Género: Divulgación

Temas: Ciencias naturales , ,

Número de páginas: 378

Idioma del fichero: Inglés

Año de publicación: 2005

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A look inside the amazing”and often surprisingly accurate”physics behind the powers of your favorite superheroes!

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? 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 Superheroes acclaimed 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 superpowers you'll learn what the physics of forces and motion can reveal about Superman's 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 electricity; and finally get the definitive answer about whether it was the Green Goblin or Spider-Man's webbing that killed the Wall Crawler's girlfriend Gwen Stacy in that fateful plunge from the george Washington Bridge!
Along the way, The Physics of Superheroes explores everything from energy, to thermodynamics, to solid state physics, and Kakalios relates the physics in comic books to such real-world applications as automobile air bags, microwave ovens, and transistors. You'll also see how comic books have often been ahead of science in explainin recent topics in quantum mechanics (with Kitty Pryde of the X-Men) and string theory (with Crisis on Infinite Earths).




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