Monday, July 9, 2012

The math of 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

Spider silk, the protein fiber spun by spiders, has the tensile strength of high-grade steel. But how much spider silk would you need to stop a train?

In the above video, Emory mathematician Skip Garibaldi considers this question and others raised by “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the latest in the series of films inspired by the beloved Marvel Comic super hero.

And if you decide to build your own web shooter, click on the sketch, above, that was released to promote the film.

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