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The Physics of Superheroes
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Avery Pub Group
Publication date September 21, 2006
Pages 364
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781592402427
ISBN-10 1592402429
Dimensions 1 by 5 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.72 lbs.
Original list price $15.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
An exploration of the science behind the powers of popular comic superheroes reveals how differences between Krypton and Earth might enable some of Superman's abilities, the number of hamburgers that Flash would need to run at supersonic speeds, and more. Reprint.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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, including:
  • What Superman’s strength can tell us about the Newtonian physics of force, mass, and acceleration
  • How Iceman’s and Storm’s powers illustrate the principles of thermal dynamics
  • The physics behind the death of Spider-Man’s girlfriend Gwen Stacy
  • Why physics professors gone bad are the most dangerous evil geniuses!


Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9781592401468
 
from Gotham Books (September 8, 2005)
9781592401468 | details & prices | 365 pages | 6.25 × 8.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $26.00
About: An exploration of the science behind the powers of popular comic superheroes and villains illustrates the physics principles underlying the supernatural abilities of such characters as Superman, Magneto, and Spider-Man.
Paperback
Book cover for 9781592402427 Book cover for 9781592405084
 
2 original edition from Avery Pub Group (November 3, 2009)
9781592405084 | details & prices | 424 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $18.00
About: 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.
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Reprint edition from Avery Pub Group (September 21, 2006)
9781592402427 | details & prices | 364 pages | 5.00 × 7.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.72 lbs | List price $15.00
About: An exploration of the science behind the powers of popular comic superheroes and villains illustrates the physics principles underlying the supernatural abilities of such characters as Superman, Magneto, and Spider-Man.

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