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The Physics of Superheroes

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19:30 – 19:30 23 May 2011
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School Hall, Badminton School, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3BA

Speakers: Professor Alan Davies

Professor Alan Davies (University of Hertfordshire) will discuss the Physics of Superheroes. 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 is Wonder Woman's amazonium?” etc. To answer these questions we shall consider Newton’s law of gravitation, diamagnetism and materials science. These are only three examples, many of your favourites will be there covering all areas of physics. Refreshments from 19:00, talk begins 19:30. Attendance free, non-members welcome.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: IOP South West Branch
Contact details: Hilary Summerfield
Email: secretary-sw@physics.org

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School Hall, Badminton School, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3BA
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19:30 – 19:30 23 May 2011
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