Book Review: Soaring the Skies: Superman and the Science of Flight – Journal


Soaring The Skies is a book in the “Superman Science” series, where “Man of Steel” tells us about the “logic” behind flight and the history of “flying in the air”. In this exciting new book series, Superman takes readers on a journey that’s all about flight.

Written by Tammy Enz, the flight is traced through time in this book, with Superman at his side. With the help of illustrations from 1990s Superman: The Animated Series, the book says a lot about the flight.

Who made the first glider? Who attempted the first flight? How do jet engines fly? When was the first helicopter developed? What is the difference between a hand glider and a wing suit and why were jetpacks discontinued by the US military? Here are some of the questions that are answered in an easy to understand way.

The way the reader is engaged throughout the 32-page book is fascinating, with a mix of comic and real-life imagery. The book explains how gravity can be defied and the science behind it. One would be amazed to know that animals as small as frogs, squirrels and snakes can also hover, while large airplanes can transport huge cargoes from one place to another.

There is a special chapter on drones, which only recently entered service. If you think drones were the first unmanned aerial vehicles, the book corrects you. The first unmanned aerial vehicle was launched in the 1860s, decades before the first flight by the Wright brothers, known as the pioneers of aviation.

Going into space was something beyond human imagination just a century ago, but rockets and spaceships have mimicked Superman’s flight and traveled to faraway places for the past 50 years. The book – with the help of detailed graphics – is helpful in breaking down potentially complicated concepts.

Divided into four parts, the book covers early attempts at flight as well as the “history of flight” of animals, humans and even underwater creatures. The migration of birds and insects is described and informs the reader of the animals that can soar at will.

The glossary at the end of the book explains difficult words, while book and website references persuade the reader to learn more about theft. Engineering concepts from young minds like yours can be molded into first gear reading this book and you might feel “awesome” after going through it.

Posted in Dawn, Young World, October 15, 2022


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