James Kakalios

James Kakalios

The Physics of Superheroes

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

In this scintillating scientific survey of super powers 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 Spiderman’s webbing that killed the Wall Crawler's girlfriend Gwen Stacy in that fateful plunge from George Washington Bridge!

Along the way, The Physics of Superheroes: Spectacular Second Edition explores 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. You’ll 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 Avergers-Justice Leugue crossover. The Physics of Superheroes: Spectacular Second Edition will delight comic-book fans and physicists alike.