The physics of superheroes by James Kakalios

Cover of: The physics of superheroes | James Kakalios

Published by Gotham in New York .

Written in English

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Subjects:

  • Physics -- Study and teaching,
  • Science in popular culture,
  • Comic books, strips, etc. in education,
  • Comic books, strips, etc. -- History

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references.

Book details

StatementJames Kakalios.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsQC23.2 .K35 2005
The Physical Object
Paginationp. cm.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3423778M
ISBN 101592401465
LC Control Number2005046095

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