Nov. 5 2009, Published 9:00 a.m. ET

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Have you ever been around super comic book fans that start debating such uber important matters like—who’s faster, The Flash or Superman—and you just know that Superman is the one with a cape? Or does your boyfriend start a count down for the release of X-Men movies and all you know is that you’ll probably get to see Hugh Jackman shirtless? Have no fear—we have the perfect reading material that will impress all the comic book and superhero fanatics in your life. 

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Check out The Physics Of Superheroes: The Spectacular Second Edition by James Kakalios. Since 1988, Dr. Kakalios has taught the popular freshman seminar, “Everything I Needed To Know About Physics I Learned From Reading Comic Books” at the University of Minnesota. We know, Physics is not exactly the sexiest topic out there but trust us, Dr. Kakalios makes it fun by shedding light on the cool ways science and comic books have banded together. He answers questions like—Why did Spiderman’s webbing fail him when he tried to save his girlfriend Gwen Stacy? Or, does the Fantastic Four’s Invisible Woman go blind when she becomes transparent? After all, light does pass through her and her invisible eyes. He also explains where comic books got science horribly wrong. For example, Giant Man would probably break his legs just by standing up!

You can check out more at but we really suggest you pick up a copy and curl up on the couch with it this weekend. After all, the new Iron Man and Green Hornet movies are coming soon—imagine the way you’ll impress your friends by dissecting the scientific accuracy of the films!  Or you can buy this as a gift for the comic book lover in your life—and score major points!


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