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The Physics of Superheroes

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19:30 – 21:00 31 Oct 2011
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William Penney Theatre, AWE, Aldermaston, Reading, RG7 4PR

Speakers: Professor 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 may answer questions such as “how strong is the gravity on Krypton?”, “where does Magneto get his levitation from?” etc. To answer these questions we shall consider Newton’s law of gravitation and diamagnetism. These are only two examples, most of your favourites will be there covering many areas of physics.
Car park near the William Penney theatre.
The theatre entrance can be found on the A340 Basingstoke to Newbury road, just before the Heath End Roundabout at Tadley.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: London and South East Branch
Contact details: David Parkes or Stephen Elsemere
Email: david.parkes@awe.co.uk or stephen.elsmere@awe.co.uk

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William Penney Theatre, AWE, Aldermaston, Reading, RG7 4PR
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19:30 – 21:00 31 Oct 2011
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