Seeing Through Walls: Superman and the Science of Sight

9781515709121. ea vol: 32p. (Superman Science). further reading. glossary. illus. index. websites. Capstone. Aug. 2016. lib. ed. $20.49. ebk. $7.95.
Gr 4–7—Using the incredible abilities of the Man of Steel as a launching point into science and engineering concepts, this series combines a high-interest figure with solid, informational content. These volumes don't attempt to explain the science behind Superman's fictional abilities but instead compare them to analogous feats in the human, technological, and animal worlds. Stopping Runaway Trains, for instance, details the physiology of human muscles, cutting-edge technologies to augment or restore strength, and record holders in the animal kingdom. However, adults should note that the "Enhancing Strength" section in that title doesn't include any adult permission or guidance suggestions on lifting weights, and in Flight, a section on drones doesn't pose any moral questions on military drone use. The bright and detailed graphics are eye-catching and helpful in breaking down potentially complicated concepts.
Definitions and concepts related to the science of flight (including animal) and the technology of aircraft, drones, and novelties such as jet packs are superficially covered, accompanied by photographs of the various items. Superman appears on every page, sometimes weakly linked to concepts such as lift, but sometimes just flying around in the background. Reading list. Glos., ind.

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