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Very enjoyable from both physics and superhero viewpoints!
on 18 January 2013
Like most kids i used to read and enjoy comic book superhero stories, though by no means as much as the author appears to have! The resurgence in superhero movies over the last 12 or so years adds to the question "could that really happen?" Well, predictably, in most cases the answer is no, of course not!
However in some cases it might be possible and in all the others its interesting to learn why not. The physics is well described and would be readily understood by just about anyone without the need for an A level or similar. Its not that the science is 'dumbed down' but that it has been selected and written in such a way that it isn't daunting. There are a few sections that may well confuse those unfamiliar with some of the less generally known ideas in physics but they are also described well and to be honest if a reader found them difficult to grasp it would be ok, most of the book deals with intuitive physical law.
Mostly its just a good read, not 'heavy' nor overly 'lightweight' and something that might spark an interest in either physics or comic book heroes. It loses maybe one star for compromises in taking the middle ground but that might be an unfair criticism, after all it has to really. I'd recommend it as a popular science book and for those wanting to answer those "is it possible?" questions as well as those just wanting to learn a little physics in the context of the fun and popular superheroes