Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet Snap Is Physically Impossible, According to Science
Thanos’ snap while wearing the Infinity Gauntlet was likely impossible for him to do, according to a group of Georgia Institute of Technology researchers who were inspired by the events of Avengers: Infinity War.
While the franchise has seen a number of physical impossibilities become reality, the research found that a key component of being able to snap is a certain amount of friction, with the lack of friction on the metal gauntlet preventing the necessary friction between surfaces to snap properly.
According to EurekaAlert!, “the researchers analyzed a variety of finger snaps using high-speed imaging, automated image processing, and dynamic force sensors.”
They investigated friction by covering fingers with various materials, including metallic thimbles, to simulate the effects of trying to snap while wearing a metallic gauntlet, as Thanos does.”
Snapping was discovered to be “the fastest human angular acceleration ever measured, nearly three times faster than the rotational acceleration of a professional baseball pitcher’s arm,” according to the researchers.
“I jumped out of my chair when I first saw the data,” Assistant Professor Saad Bhamla of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering said.
“A finger snap takes only seven milliseconds, which is more than twenty times faster than an eye blink, which takes over 150 milliseconds.”
“Our findings suggest that Thanos could not have snapped due to his metal armored fingers,” Raghav Acharya, a Georgia Tech undergraduate student, added.
So, rather than actual physics, it’s most likely Hollywood special effects at work! Apologies for the spoiler.”
Surprisingly, the research was sparked in part by Infinity War, owing to a lack of scientific research into the physics of snapping.
Despite the fact that it appears to be a minor gesture, the study revealed how unique this behavior is to humans and how dependent it is on our physiology.
The study found that increasing or decreasing friction between fingertips made it more difficult to build up enough force or acceleration to snap.
“The skin compression makes the system a little more fault-tolerant,” said doctoral student Elio Challita.
“Reducing the skin’s compressibility and friction makes it much more difficult to build up…
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