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; and why physics professors gone bad are the most dangerous evil geniuses! A few illustrations (b&w). Softcover ed. "Terrific... By combining his love for physics with his love of comic books, University of Minnesota physicist Kakalios has written a book for the general reader covering all of the basic points in a first-level college physics course and is difficult to put down." -Publishers Weekly, starred review. "Wildly entertaining, yet scientifically accurate... Comprises a fairly solid introductory education in physics, sweetened with a history lesson in calssic comic book superheroes." -Metro.
366 pages • ISBN-10: 1592402429 • ISBN-13: 9781592402427 • Publisher: Penguin