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The Physics of Superheroes: Spectacular Second Edition

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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
Paperback, 424 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Gotham (first published 2005)
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Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh many times could this book have been written when I was a kid?
Here's a short list of role playing games involving human mutations, animal mutations, super secret powers and abilities I got into with some of my friends- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Generic Universal Role Playing System; Heroes Unlimited; Battletech; Robotech; James Bond; DC Universe; Marvel Universe and of course, D and D.
We'd spend afternoons and summer nights arguing about this concept- what is the most powerful
Aspry  Jones
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any lover of superheroes with a yearn to read funny textbooks is honor-bound to pick up this piece of reference by James Kakalios. Comic book lover and physics professor at the University of Minnesota, Kakalios employs the mathematics behind electricity, motion, power, time, theory and, if it applies, logic, to defend or debunk the ideas behind super powers. Why is Superman so strong? Could Henry Pym really become an "ant man?" And why is it believable that the X-Men's Kitty Pryde can walk throu ...more
Daudz varoņu, daudz komiksu un vēstures.
Lieliski ieliek perspektīvā komiksu universus, nedaudz neveiklāk ar to fiziku (mani reizēm uzvilka amerikāņu mērvienību sistēma, bet principā jau atsvaidzināt pamatlietas fizikā nenāk par ļaunu.
(Ļoti neveiksmīgi, ka šāda lasāmviela ietrāpīja tieši manā "lasīšanas bloka" brīdī.)
Dec 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fantastic! A surprisingly thorough overview of physics told with many many illustrations from super hero comics. Sprinkle with a bit of multiplication and some humor and serve hot.

A warning that this blasts through about three semesters worth of physics in 300 pages, so if you aren't all that interested in the science it's probably a bit too intense.
Jan 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I got a D in physics. However, when I originally bought this book I couldn't put it down. With a great, entertaining surrounding like comic books, Kakalios sneaks in some serious education.
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Spesso alcuni fattori ci impediscono di leggere un libro in particolare. Questi possono essere un certo stato d'animo, mancanza di tempo oppure, nei casi più frequenti, la 'paura' di affrontare l'argomento. Inoltre, se il suddetto argomento è scientifico... ahimè, che dolori! Quanti di voi sono stati perseguitati, ai tempi delle medie o delle superiori, dalla matematica, o peggio, dalla fisica? Immagino che piani inclinati, molle e pen
Rohun Yarala
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios was one of the most informative books which I have ever read. I personally tend to read more fantasy and fiction than non-fiction or educational books, generally fearing that I will easily become bored and have wasted my time with purely factual books. This was not the case this time. Kakalios was masterful in his ability to mix his knowledge of comic books, fun-filled stories and characters with complex physical phenomenon. By explaining some of the ...more
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James Kakalios is not only a theoretical physicist, but a comic book maven who can quote reams of superhero lore by issue, page, and panel. His book might be described as a freshman physics text for humanities majors, but with this twist—all of the physical principles are illustrated with the characters and stories from superhero comics. Did you know that, in order for Superman to leap a tall building (of a certain specified height) in a single bound, his muscles would have had to evolve on a Kr ...more
Aug 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as influential as The Physics of Star Trek but still pretty cool, the Physics of Superheroes is still more realistic than most of the technology discussed in the Physics of Star Trek. My lovely wife got this book for me for Christmas, hoping that it would help my with Physics and entertain some of my lifelong questions of who is faster, Superman or the Flash, and which are tougher, Wolverine's claws or Captain America's shield. Surprisingly, the book even helped answer one of my first ...more
Jun 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I were in high school or a high school physics teacher, this book would be a great way to get interested or get your students interested in physics problems. At a fundamental level thinking about situations in the right way lends to easy analysis and this book gets the intuition right.

While the calculations are trivial, their implications are interesting. For example, calculating the force that Superman requires to jump over a building leads to discussions about what Krypton must have been li
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James Kakalios is a physics professor at the University of Minnesota. Known within the scientific community for his work with amorphous semiconductors, granular materials, and 1/f noise, he is known to the general public as the author of the book The Physics of Superheroes, which considers comic book superheroes from the standpoint of fundamental physics.
Kakalios, who earned PhD from the Universit
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