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. With The Physics of Superheroes, named one of the best science books of 2005 by Discover, he introduced his colorful approach to an even wider audience. Now Kakalios presents a totally updated, expanded edition that features even more superheroes and findings from the cutting edge of science. With three new chapters and completely revised throughout with a splashy, redesigned package, the book that explains why Spider-Man's webbing failed his girlfriend, the probable cause of Krypton's explosion, and the Newtonian physics at work in Gotham City is electrifying from cover to cover.
Physics professor James Kakalios has made his complex topic accessible to freshman students at the University of Minnesota with his seminar, "Everything I Know About Science I Learned from Reading Comic Books." Now he distills the essence of that class into this humorous pop-science book, laying out the physical principles that might explain the powers of America's favorite superheroes and supervillains. For example, taking it as a given that Superman is so strong because Krypton's gravity was much stronger than Earth's, Kakalios calculates just what the composition of Krypton would have to be to allow Superman to leap earthly buildings in a single bound. Other topics covered include how much food the Flash would need to consume to fuel his superspeed, and the true cause of the death of Spider-Man's first girlfriend, Gwen Stacy.
- Social Science, Science, Literary Criticism, Comics + Graphic Novels
- Popular Culture, Physics, Educational
- November 3, 2009
- November 3, 2009
- James Kakalios