Don’t Ruin The Fun Of The Movie!!

Ok, someone needs to tell these geniuses to not take hollywood so seriously.

Astrophysics taking off on Superman

With the release of the “Superman Returns” movie this week, you can bet there will be plenty of discussion (at least half-serious) about the limits and scope of the Man of Steel’s super powers. Rather than engage in uninformed speculation, we went to the experts — physics scholars at Cal and Stanford.

Unfortunately, a lot of them are baffled, too.

“The flying always bothered me,” admits Richard Muller, a professor of astrophysics at Cal and a Superman fan. “I think what he really does is leap and guide himself along the air currents. Or, if you can’t really rule out flying, maybe he has a mechanism for somehow forcing air backward — what if the pores on his skin eject microscopic amounts of excess moisture, like sweat?”

There are other problems. If, for example, Superman were to take Lois Lane in his arms and blast off “faster than a speeding bullet,” Muller says, “she’d be crushed.”

Also, if he is able to fly at near the speed of light there is a problem. Superman, flying off to parts unknown, doesn’t age. But those of us left behind do.

“There would be a huge change,” Chen says. “If he was gone two hours (flying at the speed of light), by the time he returned the world would be over.”

And his date with Lois Lane would be ruined.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s