The Bottom Line
- A wide diversity of physics concepts addressed.
- References involve most major comic book heroes from DC & Marvel settings.
- Author clearly explains the physics concepts and how they relate to the superhero situations.
- References are typically to classic, pre-1980s comic books.
- Sometimes discussions seem to lose a bit of focus.
- 24 chapters, Q&A section, recommended reading, key equations, notes, and index.
- Written by professor of physics at University of Minnesota.
- Foreword by popular physicist Lawrence M. Krauss.
Guide Review - The Physics of Superheroes
- The Flash
- Hank Pym (Ant-Man, Giant-Man)
- The Atom
- Iron Man
The book is divided into four basic sections - Mechanics, Energy, Modern Physics, and a "What Have We Learned" section at the end. This final section is comprised of a chapter of "Superhero Bloopers" and the end material, which includes notes, recommended reading, & lists of equations.
The other sections range from simple kinematics discussions of Spiderman's webslinging to an in-depth exploration of solid-state physics and transistors , associated with Tony Stark's powered armor that turns him into Iron Man. There is hardly an aspect of the physics spectrum that is not touched on to some degree in this volume, and what is best is that it is presented not merely as entertainment but with the specific tone that only an educator can provide, not only to amuse but also to educate. The physics is not there merely to make the comic book interesting ... rather the physics is the fundamental aspect of Kakalios' narrative, while the comic book references are there as guideposts on our journey through the lesson.