Superhero powers were real: Flight

TED

If Superhero Powers were Real: Flight

Cognitive and TED collaboration

About the speaker

Ray Laurence

Joy Lin graduated with 3 degrees in science by the age of 21, but decided to follow a teaching career rather than one in academia. She is a writer and educator, and in 2012, she was chosen as one of 18 winners of Ted Ed’s ‘Lessons Worth Sharing’. She describes herself as being ‘one lab accident away from becoming a supervillain’. 

 

The big issue

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to fly unaided? Superman makes it look so easy – but is it? Joy Lin takes a scientific look at the perils of flying and finds that when it comes to swooping around it might be safest to leave it to the birds. How can a hero fly when the villainous Isaac Newton has devised laws to bring them down? If only Icarus had seen this film before strapping on his wings! 

 

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