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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He doesn’t talk about character This was an entertaining read. I am more about reading physics books than I am about comics, but I still found it a refreshing way of presenting the material. 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.

It talks about equations and different types of forces that are important to know. However, as interesting as most of this piece is, a great deal of it is really, really boring. Overall the book was accurate and entertaining, if somewhat pedestrian for my experience with physics. Lists with This Book. Colossus, Sasquatch and Hawkeye all might warrant some attention. I am a comic book fan and trying to strengthen my knowledge in physics and mathematics.

The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios.

And the third is pleasure at the realization that Electro’s climbing this building is actually a physically plausible use of his powers. I gave it four stars because it had much more stuff about superheroes I didn’t care about than superheroes I did care about.


If only the second sec Sigh. Comic book examples are compelling, and always help illustrate the physics principle under discussion. Come funzionano i sofisticatissimi gadget di IronMan? From that point on, it turned into more of a physics lecture than a discussion of the scientific validity of superhero powers. It doesn’t have any spoilers does it? I love overthinking the physics behind superpowers, and definitely get this from the book.

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. Yes, a great deal of it is a bit too brainy.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Selected pages Title Page. Books by James Kakalios. Want to Read saving…. From the world physcs teenage dorkdom, this book is a collection of arguements that all started with the same statement: Kakalios is an accomplished physicist and an inspired teacher, and both of those sides of him get to come out to play here.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your ,akalios account. Jun 29, Ashley is currently reading it Shelves: I am forever in your debt Physics of Superheroes.

This is a terrific book. A complete update to the hit book on the real physics at work in 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.


This comics -related article is a stub. We’d spend afternoons and summer nights arguing about this concept- what is the most powerful Oh man I’m officially giving up on this book.

The Physics of Superheroes

This book is the best of its kind. Paperbackpages. There was dork take to calculating the acceleration of Gwen Stacy towards the East River but also fun in attempts superhsroes justify the absurd powers of the Flash or the X-Men.

Although the science is rather basic for anyone kaaklios majored in the field, the exploration of how super-powers might actually work Long mathematical equations are thrown at us as proof to anyone other than the Layman that Kakalios knows what he’s talking about. It is a perfect book for any reader in high school, and it is probably my favorite book, ever.

For someone with an undergrad degree in physics, it reads a little pedantic, but definitely still worth the read! For one, If you are just starting to read Spider-man comics and his background stories, you will be …more It is an interesting take on the world of comics.