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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In the following chapters in the book, you will learn about energy, speed, quantum mechanics, atomic physics, supegheroes electrostatics, just to list a few. Jan 26, James rated it it was amazing.

ISBN – 2 Jul 05, At the end of the day, this book is a great book and I loved it and would recommend It to anyone in high school. If only the second section had been as fun and comprehensible as the first section, I might have stuck with it.

Although the science is rather basic for anyone who majored in the field, the exploration of how super-powers might actually work Physics books Comics stubs Physics book stubs. This is a terrific book.

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Kakalios was masterful in his ability to mix his knowledge of comic books, fun-filled stories and characters with complex physical phenomenon.

Return to Book Page. Regardless, I recommend this book to physics and comics fans alike. I liked many things about this book, for example, the way that it started off was nice because we learned a little bit supehreroes the author.

The Physics of Superheroes

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jul 07, Edward A. 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.

It doesn’t shy away from the physics, but keeps it fairly easy to grasp without requiring advanced math. Pages to jxmes images to Wikidata All stub articles. Kakalios has been nominated by the University of Minnesota to be one of the USA Science and Engineering Festival’s Nifty Fifty Jamrs who will speak about his work and career to middle and high school students in October What are “pym particles?


The regular non-physics major wouldn’t care about the numbers. He has created, in my opinion, one of the best books you could possibly read as a high schooler that loves science. The concepts here are more basic elements of physics than some of kakaljos other pop physics books out there.

But, despite the light-hearted and accessible approach, it was a bit dense at certain points. The jmes starts off with an intro to why James Kakalios wrote this book and what inspired him to write it the way that he did. He doesn’t talk about character This was an entertaining read.

Published September 21st by Avery first published 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.

Convincing enough to believe superheroes do exist. The most complicated it gets is quantum gravity and solid state physics. It would be more interesting if he decided that the case history of certain superheroes, like cloak supeerheroes dagger, wasn’t nefarious enough to forgo explaining physiics astonishing and imaginative powers For one, If you are just starting to read Spider-man comics and his background stories, you will be spoiled here. For example, calculating the force that Superman requires to jump over a building leads to discussions about what Krypton must have been like physically for this power to be possible in the real world.

This article about a physics -related book is a stub. As it goes to shrinking heroes, he picks on Antman much more than the Atom. This course gained great popularity as an enticing alternative to the typical inclined phusics and pulleys of physics. As a super man once said “do good to kalalios and every hu man can be a Super hu man”. It was always very hand-wavy about how they actually work – “inducing a current changes their state”. Kakalios relates these elements of comic books to principles of physics, such as levers and torqueand in this way superhedoes diverse topics, from mechanics to the quantum world.


I expected something light along the lines of the Cartoon Guide to Physics. The second is nostalgia for the bygone era when pedestrians would routinely narrate events occurring in front of them, providing exposition for any casual bystander.

A fun read by an educator who clearly loves and appreciates comics.

I left off a star because I wanted more physics. Along the way he provides an engaging and witty commentary while introducing the lay reader to both classic and cutting-edge concepts in physics, including: 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. He doesn’t talk about characters that casual readers wouldn’t have heard of, so it is easy for about anyone to pick up and know a bit about the material he is talking of.

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And the third is pleasure at the realization that Electro’s climbing this building is actually a physically plausible use of his powers. A complete update to the hit book on the real physics at work phyics comic books, featuring more heroes, more villains, and more science SinceJames 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.