College of Science and Engineering


Physics of superheroes talk

Friday, September 10, 2010

Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s, never mind, it’s just James Kakalios.

Comic book superhero science will be the topic of discussion as Kakalios, University of Minnesota professor, presents “The Uncanny Physics of Superhero Comic Books” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15 at the Atwood Ballroom, Atwood Memorial Center on the campus of St. Cloud State University.

Kakalios is the Taylor Distinguished Professor in the University of Minnesota’s School of Physics and Astronomy. His book “The Physics of Superheros” was published in 2005 and “The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics” is slated to be published in October. He also served as the science consultant for the film “Watchmen.”

Kakalios will address topics ranging from Isaac Newton to the transistor; however, all examples will come from superhero comic books. Visit Kakalios’ website.

The event is free and open to the public, and part of the Physics Astronomy Seminar Series (PASS). Refreshments will be provided prior to the event.

Books will be on sale in the lobby and Kakalios will be available for signing following the lecture.

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