I am a sucker for the impulse purchase. I have heard of will power, but we don't really have much of a relationship. True to form, I was at the grocery store and purchased Wired magazine yesterday, mostly because I was in the line long enough I started reading the articles. One of the articles was a scientific probe on superpowers. Apparently, a physics professor at the University of Minnesota, James Kakalios, is publishing a book appropriately titled, The Physics of Superheroes, which gives physics-based explanations for the supernatural powers of leaping tall building in a single-bound, etc. I kid you not.
Now, I am all for getting the public interested in physics, but is this the way? Am I missing something, since I clearly don't make the 13-year-old boy demographic? I thought the fantasy aspect of comics made them appealing for escapism. Why try to root them in reality and tie it to the fundamental principles of physics?