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The Physics of Superheroes

James Kakalios sits behind his desk with an Emmy award and a copy of his book.

As the autumnal equinox approaches (too fast! Too fast!), LearningLife is relishing in the last gasp of those lazy, hazy, crazy days... In keeping with our still-giddy mood, we're sharing this 2009 Emmy Award-winning video of James Kakalios, Taylor Distinguished Professor in the University's School of Physics and Astronomy, in which he shares how he was tapped to add a physics perspective to the then-upcoming Warner Brothers film Watchmen.

A Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Kakalios's University research involves the synthesis and characterization of amorphous/nanocrystalline composite semiconductor thin films, and the study of voltage fluctuations in neurological systems. However, in the video, Kakalios explains how he came to be an expert on the physics of superheroes. He also details how quantum mechanics can explain Dr. Manhattan's superhuman powers.

Whiz! Bang! Pow! Intrigued? Join the super science professor for The Physics of Superheroes on October 11.

Published on October 11, 2018