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The physics of superheroes

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19:00 – 20:00 24 Apr 2014
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Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College
Vane Terrace
Darlington
DL3 7AU

Speakers: Prof Alan Davies

Everyone is familiar with at least one superhero.  In this talk we shall discuss a wide variety of different superheroes and we shall show how their ‘unbelievable’ powers have a basis supported by the laws of physics.  The only concession that we shall make is that we shall assume that they have these powers, we shall not try to explain where they come from.

So, we’ll answer questions such as “how strong is the gravity on Krypton?”, “where does Magneto get his levitation from?”, “what sort of material is Wonder Woman’s amazonium?” etc.  To answer these questions we shall consider Newton’s law of gravitation, diamagnetism and material science.  These are only three examples, most of your favourites will be there covering all areas of physics.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: IoP North East Branch
Contact details: Richard Hornby
Email: r.j.l.hornby@dunelm.org.uk

http://www.iop.org/activity/branches/yorkshire_north_east/ne/calendar/index.html


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