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the Physics of Super Heros
Wednesday, October 26, 2005

James Kakalios is a funny writer and the Physics of Super Heros is a funny book. It also introduces quite a bit of physics in an informal yet rigorous style that surely keeps his brighter students entertained and learning. The premise of the book is to see whether or not what super heros do makes sense if you grant them one fantastic and impossible power. For example, suppose that Superman were really strong, could he jump over buildings? How strong would he have to be? Suppose the Flash had super speed? Would this really let him run up buildings or zoom across the water? I have to confess that I mostly skimmed the book looking for the funny bits (physics is so 25-years ago for me <smile>) but if I ever want to relearn some of the basics, this may be the place I go.


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