The Physics of Superheroes

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Author: James Kakalios

Publisher: Avery

ISBN: 1592405088

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 424

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An exploration of the science behind the powers of popular comic superheroes and villains illustrates the physics principles underlying the supernatural abilities of such characters as Superman, Magneto, and Spider-Man.

The Physics of Superheroes

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Author: James Kakalios

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781592402427

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 364

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An exploration of the science behind the powers of popular comic superheroes and villains illustrates the physics principles underlying the supernatural abilities of such characters as Superman, Magneto, and Spider-Man.

The Physics of Everyday Things

The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day

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Author: James Kakalios

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0770437745

Category: Science

Page: 256

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Physics professor, bestselling author, and dynamic storyteller James Kakalios reveals the mind-bending science behind the seemingly basic things that keep our daily lives running, from our smart phones and digital “clouds” to x-ray machines and hybrid vehicles. Most of us are clueless when it comes to the physics that makes our modern world so convenient. What’s the simple science behind motion sensors, touch screens, and toasters? How do we glide through tolls using an E-Z Pass, or find our way to new places using GPS? In The Physics of Everyday Things, James Kakalios takes us on an amazing journey into the subatomic marvels that underlie so much of what we use and take for granted. Breaking down the world of things into a single day, Kakalios engages our curiosity about how our refrigerators keep food cool, how a plane manages to remain airborne, and how our wrist fitness monitors keep track of our steps. Each explanation is coupled with a story revealing the interplay of the astonishing invisible forces that surround us. Through this “narrative physics,” The Physics of Everyday Things demonstrates that—far from the abstractions conjured by terms like the Higgs Boson, black holes, and gravity waves—sophisticated science is also quite practical. With his signature clarity and inventiveness, Kakalios ignites our imaginations and enthralls us with the principles that make up our lives.

The Science of Superheroes

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Author: Lois H. Gresh,Robert Weinberg

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 0471463140

Category: Science

Page: 224

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The truth about superpowers . . . science fact or science fiction? "An entertaining and informative guide to comic book wonders bound to come." —Julius Schwartz, Editor Emeritus, DC Comics Superman, Batman, The X-Men, Flash, Spider Man . . . they protect us from evildoers, defend truth and justice, and, occasionally, save our planet from certain doom. Yet, how much do we understand about their powers? In this engaging yet serious work, Lois Gresh and Robert Weinberg attempt to answer that question once and for all. From X-ray vision to psychokinesis, invisibility to lightspeed locomotion, they take a hard, scientific look at the powers possessed by all of our most revered superheroes, and a few of the lesser ones, in an attempt to sort fact from fantasy. In the process, they unearth some shocking truths that will unsettle, alarm, and even terrify all but the most fiendish of supervillains. Lois Gresh (Rochester, NY) has written eight novels and nonfiction books as well as dozens of short stories and has been nominated for national fiction awards six times. Robert Weinberg (Oak Forest, IL) is a multiple award-winning author of novels, nonfiction books, short stories and comics.

The Law of Superheroes

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Author: James Daily,Ryan Davidson

Publisher: Gotham Books

ISBN: 1592408397

Category: Law

Page: 302

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A pair of attorneys and comic book enthusiasts evaluate how America's legal system would work if subjected to popular comic-book characters, powers and themes, from whether or not Superman could sue someone for revealing his secret identity to whether or not the Legion of Doom could be prosecuted under RICO. 20,000 first printing.

The Physics of Superheroes: Spectacular Second Edition

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Author: James Kakalios

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101152362

Category: Social Science

Page: 448

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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 2001, James 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. With The Physics of Superheroes, named one of the best science books of 2005 by Discover, he introduced his colorful approach to an even wider audience. Now Kakalios presents a totally updated, expanded edition that features even more superheroes and findings from the cutting edge of science. With three new chapters and completely revised throughout with a splashy, redesigned package, the book that explains why Spider-Man's webbing failed his girlfriend, the probable cause of Krypton's explosion, and the Newtonian physics at work in Gotham City is electrifying from cover to cover.

The Science of Superheroes

The Secrets Behind Speed, Strength, Flight, Evolution, and More

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Author: Mark Brake

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1631582135

Category: Science

Page: 272

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Discover the science behind the abilities of your favorite superheroes! The concept of the superhero has permeated our culture. They fascinate their fans with their incredible superhuman abilities and impressive technology. But do you ever wonder if any of it is plausible or rooted in fact? Enter The Science of Superheroes, which address more than fifty topics that span the worlds of your favorite superheroes and villains. Explore and examine their amazing abilities and fantastic gadgets with a detailed scientific lens. The scientific questions examined within this book include: Can an Iron Man suit be made? How does Thor's hammer work? Could any known forms of radiation cause superpowers? How many calories does Superman need each day? Could you cross a Lamborghini and a hummer to make the Batmobile Tumbler? And many more! Whether you're a movie or comic buff, this book is certain to entertain and open your eyes to the truth behind these amazing characters.

Super Graphic

A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe

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Author: Tim Leong

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452135274

Category: Art

Page: 196

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The comic book universe is adventurous, mystifying, and filled with heroes, villains, and cosplaying Comic-Con attendees. This book by one of Wired magazine's art directors traverses the graphic world through a collection of pie charts, bar graphs, timelines, scatter plots, and more. Super Graphic offers readers a unique look at the intricate and sometimes contradictory storylines that weave their way through comic books, and shares advice for navigating the pages of some of the most popular, longest-running, and best-loved comics and graphic novels out there. From a colorful breakdown of the DC Comics reader demographic to a witty Venn diagram of superhero comic tropes and a Chris Ware sadness scale, this book charts the most arbitrary and monumental characters, moments, and equipment of the wide world of comics. Plus, this is the fixed format version, which includes high-resolution images.

Was Superman a Spy?

And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed

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Author: Brian Cronin

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101046562

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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Fascinating and often bizarre true stories behind more than 130 urban legends about comic book culture Was Superman a Spy? demystifies all of the interesting stories, unbelievable anecdotes, wacky rumors, and persistent myths that have piled up like priceless back issues in the seventy-plus years of the comic book industry, including: * Elvis Presley's trademark hairstyle was based on a comic book character (True) * Stan Lee featured a gay character in one of Marvel's 1960s war comics (False) * Wolverine of the X-Men was originally meant to be an actual wolverine! (True) * What would have been DC's first black superhero was changed at the last moment to a white hero (True) * A Dutch inventor was blocked from getting a patent on a process because it had been used previously in a Donald Duck comic book (True) With many more legends resolved, Was Superman a Spy? is a must-have for the legions of comic book fans and all seekers of "truth, justice, and the American way."

What is a Superhero?

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Author: Robin S. Rosenberg,Peter MacFarland Coogan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199795274

Category: Medical

Page: 175

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What is a superhero? Everyone knows, right? And yet everyone seems to have a different answer. In this innovative collection of essays, renowned psychologist Robin Rosenberg and comics scholar Peter Coogan explore this question from a variety of viewpoints. With essays from scholars and commentaries by the writers and creators themselves, What is a Superhero? is the first volume to provide a true synthesis and reflection of the state of superheroes in our society today.

Becoming Batman

The Possibility of a Superhero

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Author: E. Paul Zehr

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801896215

Category: Science

Page: 320

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A fun foray of escapism grounded in sound science, Becoming Batman provides the background for attaining the realizable—though extreme—level of human performance that would allow you to be a superhero.

The Mythology of the Superhero

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Author: Andrew R. Bahlmann

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476625182

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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Superheroes have been an integral part of popular society for decades and have given rise to a collective mythology familiar in popular culture worldwide. Though scholars and fans have recognized and commented on this mythology, its structure has gone largely unexplored. This book provides a model and lexicon for identifying the superhero mythos. The author examines the myth in several narratives—including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Green Arrow and Beowulf—and discusses such diverse characters as Batman, Wolverine, Invincible and John Constantine.

The Bridge

The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

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Author: Gay Talese

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1620409119

Category: History

Page: 192

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Toward the end of 1964, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge-linking the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island with New Jersey-was completed. Fifty years later, it remains an engineering marvel. At 13,700 feet (more than two and a half miles), it is still the longest suspension bridge in the United States and the sixth longest in the world. Gay Talese, then early in his career at the New York Times, closely followed the construction, and soon after the opening of this marvel of human ingenuity and engineering, he chronicled the human drama of its completion-from the construction workers high on the beams to the backroom dealing that displaced whole neighborhoods to make way for the bridge. Now in a new, beautifully packaged edition featuring dozens of breathtaking photos and architectural drawings, The Bridge remains both a riveting narrative of politics and courage and a demonstration of Talese's consummate skills as a reporter and storyteller. His memorable narrative will help celebrate the bridge's fiftieth anniversary and captivate a new generation of readers.

The Physics of Star Trek

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Author: Lawrence M. Krauss

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465008631

Category: Science

Page: 280

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What warps when you're traveling at warp speed? What is the difference between a wormhole and a black hole? Are time loops really possible, and can I kill my grandmother before I am born? Anyone who has ever wondered “could this really happen?” will gain useful insights into the Star Trek universe (and, incidentally, the real world of physics) in this charming and accessible guide. Lawrence M. Krauss boldly goes where Star Trek has gone-and beyond. From Newton to Hawking, from Einstein to Feynman, from Kirk to Picard, Krauss leads readers on a voyage to the world of physics as we now know it and as it might one day be.

Project Superhero

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Author: E. Paul Zehr

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 1770905901

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 224

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Superheroes, science, and one ordinary girl's quest for greatness. Join 13-year-old Jessie as she keeps a diary of her class's yearlong research project on superheroes, which culminates in the Superhero Slam: a head-to-head debate battle! It's shy, comics-obsessed Jessie's dream come true . . . and worst nightmare. She decides to champion Batgirl, a regular person (albeit with major talent and training under her utility belt), and soon Jessie wonders what it would take to be Batgirl. Will she prove to her best friends, Cade and Audrey, that she's more than a sidekick? Can she take down archenemy Dylan at the Slam? Combining science facts, lively illustrations, and comic-book trivia with actual correspondence from superhumans such as NYPD Sergeant Mike Bruen, Olympian Clara Hughes, and Captain Marvel writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, Project Superhero is a celebration of the heroes among us and of one girl's super-secret identity: herself.

A Matter of Degrees

What Temperature Reveals about the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet, and U niverse

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Author: Gino Segre

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101640170

Category: Science

Page: 320

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In a wonderful synthesis of science, history, and imagination, Gino Segrè, an internationally renowned theoretical physicist, embarks on a wide-ranging exploration of how the fundamental scientific concept of temperature is bound up with the very essence of both life and matter. Why is the internal temperature of most mammals fixed near 98.6°? How do geologists use temperature to track the history of our planet? Why is the quest for absolute zero and its quantum mechanical significance the key to understanding superconductivity? And what can we learn from neutrinos, the subatomic "messages from the sun" that may hold the key to understanding the birth-and death-of our solar system? In answering these and hundreds of other temperature-sensitive questions, Segrè presents an uncanny view of the world around us.

The Physics of Star Wars

The Science Behind a Galaxy Far, Far Away

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Author: Patrick Johnson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1507203306

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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"Explore the mystical power of the Force using quantum mechanics, find out how much energy it would take for the Death Star or Starkiller Base to destroy a planet, and discover how we can potentially create our very own lightsabers. Explore the physics behind the world of Star Wars, with engaging topics and accessible information that shows how we're closer than ever before to creating technology from the galaxy far, far away--perfect for every Star Wars fan!"--

The Physics of Christianity

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Author: Frank J. Tipler

Publisher: Image

ISBN: 0385521847

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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A highly respected physicist demonstrates that the essential beliefs of Christianity are wholly consistent with the laws of physics. Frank Tipler takes an exciting new approach to the age-old dispute about the relationship between science and religion in The Physics of Christianity. In reviewing centuries of writings and discussions, Tipler realized that in all the debate about science versus religion, there was no serious scientific research into central Christian claims and beliefs. So Tipler embarked on just such a scientific inquiry. The Physics of Christianity presents the fascinating results of his pioneering study. Tipler begins by outlining the basic concepts of physics for the lay reader and brings to light the underlying connections between physics and theology. In a compelling example, he illustrates how the God depicted by Jews and Christians, the Uncaused First Cause, is completely consistent with the Cosmological Singularity, an entity whose existence is required by physical law. His discussion of the scientific possibility of miracles provides an impressive, credible scientific foundation for many of Christianity’s most astonishing claims, including the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection, and the Incarnation. He even includes specific outlines for practical experiments that can help prove the validity of the “miracles” at the heart of Christianity. Tipler’s thoroughly rational approach and fully accessible style sets The Physics of Christianity apart from other books dealing with conflicts between science and religion. It will appeal not only to Christian readers, but also to anyone interested in an issue that triggers heated and divisive intellectual and cultural debates.

Twilight of the Superheroes

Stories

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Author: Deborah Eisenberg

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9780374707750

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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Deborah Eisenberg is nearly unmatched in her mastery of the short-story form. Now, in her newest collection, she demonstrates once again her virtuosic abilities in precisely distilled, perfectly shaped studies of human connection and disconnection. From a group of friends whose luck in acquiring a luxurious Manhattan sublet turns to disaster as their balcony becomes a front-row seat to the catastrophe of 9/11; to the Roman holiday of a schoolteacher running away from the news of her ex-husband's life-threatening illness, and her unlikely guide, a titled art scout in desperate revolt against his circumstances and aging; to the too painful love of a brother for his schizophrenic sister, whose tragic life embitters him to the very idea of family, Eisenberg evokes "intense, abundant human lives" in which "everything that happens is out there waiting for you to come to it."

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes

Harnessing Our Power to Change The World

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Author: Deepak Chopra

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 006205967X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 176

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“DeepakChopra has developed his own unique form of complementary, mind-body medicine.”—U.S. News & World Report Theworld needs heroes, and, as spiritual authority Deepak Chopra demonstrates inthis gripping and deeply perceptive meditation on our potential to excel, everyone of us possesses the power to help save the planet—and the strength to claimour best possible lives. For readers who draw inspiration from comic books andmovies like Ironman, The Uncanny X-Men, and Superman, forthe Peter Parkers who wonder how to unlock their inner Spider-man, Choprailluminates the path to becoming a spiritual superhero, teaching us how towield the great power of the human heart to work real changes in ourselves andin the world around us.