USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

How scientifically accurate are today’s Hollywood superhero and sci-fi movies? Surprisingly accurate, says physicist James Kakalios, He should know – he’s author of the widely known book, The Physics of Superheroes, which examines such things. In this video clip (below) from the 2010 Festival, Dr. Kakalios talks about what makes recent movies like Iron Man so scientifically “right on” and appealing.

Dr. Kakaios also has a new book that has just come out. Check out “The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics” with at the 2010 USA Science and Engineering Festival.


  1. #1 christian code
    March 3, 2011

    I have this book on my shelf! It is great how he explains the laws of nature within the terms of comic books by asking posting hypothesis about the superheros if they actually existed. I think the writers of The Big Bang theory have his book.

    It is interesting how comic books make you think about science and other things in the real world.

    However, I don’t think Ironman is a Superhero but just has a really good battery, lots of money and is smart. Superheros need a superpower.

  2. #2 chris code
    March 3, 2011

    Great book. I want to read the Physic of Star Trek.

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