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Guest lecturer to speak on the physics of superheroes

James E. Kloeppel, Physical Sciences Editor

Released 3/12/2007

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — James Kakalios, a professor of physics at the University of Minnesota, will discuss physics and comic-book superheroes during a talk Thursday (March 15) at the University of Illinois.

Kakalios’ talk, “The Uncanny Physics of Superhero Comic Books,” begins at 4 p.m. in the auditorium (Room 141) of the Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 W. Green St., Urbana. The talk is free and open to the public.

Kakalios’ professional life centers on teaching and research in condensed matter physics. His freshman seminar, “Everything I Needed to Know About Physics I Learned From Reading Comic Books,” led to his book, “The Physics of Superheroes.”

His presentation is appropriate for a non-technical audience.