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Jun. 26, 2012

The Physics of Spider-Man: The Death of Gwen Stacy

by Leslie Taylor

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What killed Spider-Man's girlfriend Gwen Stacy? In the infamous comic The Night Gwen Stacy Died, was it the fall from the George Washington bridge that killed her? Or was it whiplash from being caught by Spidey's web?
 
Just in time to get us prepped for next week's release of The Amazing Spider-Man, this Friday we'll be talking with physicist James Kakalios, author of The Physics of Superheroes, who discusses Gwen Stacy's death (and conservation of momentum) in this video, filmed at the CONvergence sci-fi and fantasy convention in 2006.

Check out another video where Kakalios talks about his experience as a science consultant for the film Watchmen. And listen to Ira's previous interviews with Kakalios.
About Leslie Taylor

Leslie is the online editor at Workboat.com and NationalFisherman.com. She has a background in oceanography and is passionate about getting non-scientists and young people to realize how cool science can be. She is also Science Friday's former web editor.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Science Friday.

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