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The physics of superheroes

Author: James Kakalios
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, [2006]
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"The Physics of Superheroes applies the reality of physics to the fantasy of comic books. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Kakalios
ISBN: 1592402429 9781592402427
OCLC Number: 71789063
Description: xvi, 364 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: Secret origins: how science saved superhero comic books --
Up, up, and away: forces and motion --
Deconstructing Krypton: Newton's law of gravity --
The day Gwen Stacy died: impulse and momentum --
Can he swing from a thread?: centripetal acceleration --
Flash facts: friction, drag, and sound --
Like a flash of lightning: special relativity --
If this be my density: properties of matter --
Can Ant-Man punch his way out of a paper bag?: torque and rotation --
Is Ant-Man deaf, dumb, and blind?: simple harmonic motion --
Does size matter?: the cube-square law --
The Central City diet plan: conservation of energy --
The case of the missing work: the three laws of thermodynamics --
Mutant meteorology: conduction and convection --
How the monstrous menace of the mysterious melter makes dinner preparation a breeze: phase transitions --
Electro's clinging ways: electrostatics --
Superman schools Spider-Man: electrical currents --
How Electro becomes Magneto when he runs: Ampere's law --
How Magneto becomes Electro when he runs: magnetism and Faraday's law --
Electro and Magneto do the wave: electromagnetism and light --
Jouney into the microverse: atomic physics --
Not a dream! Not a hoax! Not an imaginary tale!: quantum mechanics --
Through a wall lightly: tunneling phenomena --
Sock it to Shellhead: solid-state physics --
Me am Bizarro!: superhero bloopers --
Afterword: Lo, there shall be an ending! --
Ask Dr. K!
Responsibility: James Kakalios.

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"The Physics of Superheroes applies the reality of physics to the fantasy of comic books. 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"--Amazon.

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