Science Education Section Open House
Friday, December 1, 2006
Presented by the Science Education Section
Hear James Kakalios and meet and greet science educators and friends of science education at this special Open House Event.
Free to non-members
6:05-6:15 Welcome and Introductions
6:20-7:30 Presentation by James Kakalios: Physics of Superheroes
7:30-8:00 Book Signing
8:00 Dinner (optional, by reservation with fee)
Speaker: James Kakalios, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Author
The Physics of Superheroes
If superheroes stepped off the comic book page or silver screen and into reality, could they actually work their wonders in a world constrained by the laws of physics? How strong would Superman have to be to "leap tall buildings in a single bound"? Could Storm of the X-Men possibly control the weather? And how many cheeseburgers would the Flash need to eat to be able to run at supersonic speeds?
Face front, True Believer, and wonder no more! Because in The Physics of Superheroes, acclaimed university professor James Kakalios, shows that comic book heroes and villains get their physics right more often than you think.
In this scintillating scientific survey of super powers you'll learn what the physics of forces and motion can reveal about Superman's strength and the true cause of the destruction of his home planet Krypton, what villains Magneto and Electro can teach us about the nature of electricity—and finally get the definitive answer about whether it was the Green Goblin or Spider-Man's webbing that killed the Wall Crawler's girlfriend Gwen Stacy in that fateful plunge from the George Washington Bridge!
Along the way, The Physics of Superheroes explores everything from energy, to thermodynamics, to quantum mechanics, to solid state physics, and Kakalios relates the physics in comic books to such real-world applications as automobile airbags, microwave ovens, and transistors. You'll also see how comic books have often been ahead of science in explaining recent topics in quantum mechanics (with Kitty Pryde of the X-Men) and string theory (with the Crisis on Infinite Earths).
This is the book you need to read if you ever wondered how the Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four can see when she turns transparent, if the Atom could travel on an electron through a phone line, or if electromagnetic theory can explain how Professor X reads minds. Fun, provocative, and packed with more superheroes and superpowers than an Avengers-Justice League crossover, The Physics of Superheroes will make both comic-book fans and physicists exclaim, "Excelsior!"
For more information on the book and author please visit: The Physics of Superheroes