The Physics of Superheroes is a popular science book by physics professor and long-time comic-book fan James Kakalios. First published in , it explores. actually get it right, and as James Kakalios describes in his intro- duction to this the physics of superheroes, this complaint never arises! One might initially. 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 , James.

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I am forever in your debt Physics of Superheroes. This book is a factual physics book, that uses superheroes as examples to help better explain physics. This comics -related article is a stub.

The Physics of Superheroes

There is something for everyone in this book but not enough for one person. Regardless, I recommend this book to physics and comics fans alike.

Un bel libro di introduzione alla fisica, con spunti interessanti, molte nozioni anche di tipo generale come: But, despite the light-hearted and accessible approach, it was a bit dense at certain points. The outlandish prerequisites needed for the Flash to run super-fast, over water, and up the sides of buildings are scrutinized and explained with stupefying clarity.

While the calculations are trivial, their implications are interesting. This is by far the most hysterical part of the book as Kakalios takes no prisoners. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The seminar was a great success, leading to articles in popular magazines including People, lectures on the subject, and publication of The Physics of Superheroes.

It doesn’t shy away from the physics, but keeps it fairly easy to grasp without requiring advanced math. Both are physicists, so I’m not quite sure of why the favoritism.


Snobbery is just the public face of insecurity. Provate a chiederlo al preparatissimo Tony Stark! Why is Superman so strong?

Dec 29, T Campbell rated it it was amazing. Quanti di voi sono stati perseguitati, ai tempi delle medie o delle superiori, dalla matematica, o peggio, dalla fisica? See 1 question about The Physics of Superheroes…. Kakalios is an accomplished physicist and an inspired teacher, and both of those sides of him get to come out to play here.

E un sacco di libri in bibliografia per approfondire. Dec 10, Eduardo rated it it was amazing.

As Kakalios doesn’t cover everything, what he does cover is fascinating. Moreover, the author kaka,ios on to use physics theory to explain to us why Krypton blew up in the first place! 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 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.

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. I like where James was going with it all, just could not hold my feeble attention span to it. The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios was one of the most informative books which I have ever read.

This book is what happens when you cross a comic book geek with a science nerd, but in a good way. Surprisingly, the book even helped answer one of my first 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. A warning that this blasts through about three semesters worth of physics in pages, so usperheroes you aren’t all that interested in the science it’s probably a bit too intense.


He’s funny, authentically passionate about both physics and comics, and transparent about his goals for the book. However, when I originally bought this book I couldn’t put it down. I love superherose the physics behind superpowers, and definitely get this from the book.

Ecco, Erwin Schrodinger e molti altri scienziati, ingegneri e fisici come lui, pagina dopo pagina, capitolo dopo capitolo, appariranno ai vostri occhi come veri e proprio supereroi realmente esistenti. I left off a star because I wanted more physics.

With a great, entertaining surrounding like comic books, Kakalios sneaks in some serious education.

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View all 3 comments. This is a terrific book.

Colossus, Sasquatch and Hawkeye all might warrant some attention. It was always very hand-wavy about how they actually work – “inducing a current changes their state”. His analysis of Gwen Stacy’s death eventually became integral to the plot of a new Spider-Man comic. From the world of teenage dorkdom, this book is a collection of arguements that all started with the same statement: Jun 27, Jeff rated it really liked it.