The Physics of Superheroes: Spectacular Second Edition

The Physics of Superheroes: Spectacular Second Edition

by James Kakalios


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592405084
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 258,240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

The Physics of Super HeroesForeword
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

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The Physics of Superheroes: Spectacular Second Edition 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anthony Hennig More than 1 year ago
I got this as a paperback and it was a wonderful read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book couldnt have been better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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