Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Physics of Superheroes

I saw a student reading this book in the hallway just now. I have no interest in reading it myself. If you like comics, read comics. Right?


At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Bob Buethe said...

The book is hilarious as well as educational. Even if you don't want to read it, I'm sure you'd enjoy the author's lecture:

At 1:41 PM, Anonymous Bob Buethe said...

It just occurred to me that, from your post, it sounds like you think the book pedantically picks apart the physics in comic books. It doesn't. The author is a fan who teaches a course in which he uses examples in comic books to teach physics: Electro and Magneto to illustrate the forces of electricity and magnetism; the Flash catching bullets to explain relativity; Spider-Man's vain attempt to save Gwen Stacy as an example of gravitational acceleration; and so on. He does make some snarky comments, but it's fannish snark. And as he mentions in the video, he once calculated the gravity of the planet Krypton by determining how much energy it would take for a man to leap over a tall building in a single bound. Who, other than a true fan, would do a thing like that?


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