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The Physics of Superheroes: Spectacular Second Edition [NOOK Book]

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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, ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101152362
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 271,132
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

James Kakalios is a professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota, where he has taught since 1988, and where his class "Everything I Needed to Know About Physics I Learned from Reading Comic Books" is a popular freshman seminar. He received his Ph.D. in 1985 from the University of Chicago, and has been reading comic books for much longer.


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Table of Contents

The Physics of Super Heroes Foreword
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction: Secret Origins: How Science Saved Superhero Comic Books

Section 1-Mechanics

1. Up, Up, and Away-Forces and Motion
2. Deconstructing Krypton-Newton's Law of Gravity
3. The Day Gwen Stacy Died-Impulse and Momentum
4. Flash Facts-Friction, Drag, and Sound
5. If This Be My Density-Properties of Matter
6. So He Talks to Fishes, Want to Make Something of It?-Fluid Mechanics
7. Can He Swing From a Thread?-Centripetal Acceleration
8. Can Ant-Man Punch His Way Out of a Paper Bag?-Torque and Rotation
9. The Human Top Goes Out for a Spin-Angular Momentum
10. Is Ant-Man Deaf, Dumb, and Blind?-Simple Harmonic Motion
11.Like a Flash of Lightning-Special Relativity

Section 2-Energy-Heat and Light

12. The Central City Diet Plan-Conservation of Energy
13. The Case of the Missing Work-The Three Laws of Thermodynamics
14. Mutant Meteorology-Conduction and Convection
15. How the Monstrous Menace of the Mysterious Melter Makes Dinner Preparation a Breeze-Phase Transitions
16. Electro's Clinging Ways-Electrostatics
17. Superman Schools Spider-Man-Electrical Currents
18. How Electro Becomes Magneto When He Runs-Ampere's Law
19. How Magneto Becomes Electro When He Runs-Magnetism and Faraday's Law
20. Electro and Magneto Do the Wave-Electromagnetism and Light

Section 3-Modern Physics

21. Journey Into the Microverse-Atomic Physics
22. Not a Dream! Not a Hoax! Not an Imaginary Tale!-Quantum Mechanics
23. Through a Wall Lightly-Tunneling Phenomena
24. Sock It to Shellhead-Solid-State Physics
25. The Costumes are Super, Too-Materials Science

Section 4-What Have We Learned?

26. Me Am Bizarro!-Superhero Bloopers
Afterword-Lo, There Shall Be an Ending!
Recommended Reading
Key Equations
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2011

    GREAT Book for both Students and Teachers!

    Physics are made easy in James Kakalio's The Physics of Superheroes. In the book Kakalio uses such popular comic book characters as Spiderman and Superman to explain the Law of Physics in a fun and favorable way for children of all ages. Throughout the book Kakalio brings upon several popular comic book scenes to display how the Law of Physics corresponds with each scene. From Gwen Stacy's death in Spiderman to how Iron Man's suit of armor works. While many scientific words are thrown around the book, Kakalio maintains the focus on his main audience, Comic book fans. When something scientific needs to be explained, the author makes sure to explain it using examples from numerous Comic books, which makes it easier and more enjoyable for the author to relate to the material. I am in High School and as a reader of this book, I found myself thoroughly entertained and yes, completely educated. I very much respect what the author did with this book. In Science class I often find myself finding trouble understanding Physics due to the dull and repetitive examples I am given year after year. With this book, I found myself understand Physics better than ever due to the creative and relatable examples that the author gives. At the end of the book, I found myself wanting to know more about physics and found myself more intrigued in Science class since I was able to redirect my learning's to popular comic books. I would recommend this book to everyone. From students who love Science to students who love comic books and from Teacher's looking to find fun examples for their students to learn about to adults looking to relive their old comic book reading days.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    GREAT BOOK

    I got this as a paperback and it was a wonderful read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book. James Kakalios had an incrediable se

    I really enjoyed this book. James Kakalios had an incrediable sense of humor, and he made learning about physics fun. I like how he related Newtons laws to the superheroes. I found it informative and extremely helpful when determining the laws of physics. (Hannah S.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    This book was great for understanding formulas and learning new

    This book was great for understanding formulas and learning new physics. My favorite part is when they described Gwens death and how it was physically not possible to save her due to physics. I liked how they put formulas throughout the book and gave exaples to each one. I thought i was a little boaring becuase i am not into comics, but for peoploe that are they would love it!
    Holly R.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Epic

    This book couldnt have been better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    This is a great book

    I love comic books and I try hard to understand science (I'm not always successful). This book really explains the concepts well using superheroes to illustrate these concepts. However, I made need a 'miracle exception' to fully understand everything.

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