The Physics of Superheroes

27 June 2011

On 23 and 24 May the South West Branch welcomed Professor Alan Davies who gave a very interesting talk about the Physics of Superheroes.

Professor Davies was kind enough to agree to give two talks, one in Bristol for our members there and then a second talk in Weymouth. The two talks reached over 65 people in the south west.

Professor Davies considered superheroes from the perspective that if they did exist and ignoring how they got here or where their powers came from how would their powers work? 

We went through it together and calculated the density of the planet Krypton; we looked at what possible metal Wonder Woman’s bracelets of victory were made of; we studied how Magneto and Electro use Electric and Magnetic fields to do their bidding and how we are able to replicate Magneto’s powers at the High Field Magnetic Laboratory.

If anyone has an interest in this subject and would like to know more you can read more in “The Physics of Superheroes” by James Kakalios.