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The physics of superheroes

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19:30 – 21:00 14 Feb 2012
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Berrill Lecture Theatre, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

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

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: IOP London and South East Branch
Contact details: Email: r.mackintosh@open.ac.uk or t.a.bartlett@open.ac.uk (secretary)

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Berrill Lecture Theatre, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
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19:30 – 21:00 14 Feb 2012
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