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September 20, 2006

James Kakalios To Discuss "Physics of Superheroes" Oct. 17

James Kakalios, a professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota, will discuss his book “The Physics of Superheroes” at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the West Dining Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Library’s Science, Technology and Business Division and the Serial and Government Publications Division. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

Also at the event, a selection of comic books cited in Kakalios’ book and others from the Library’s “Golden Age” and “Silver Age” comic book collections will be on display.

Kakalios teaches a popular freshman seminar “Everything I Needed to Know about Physics I Learned from Reading Comic Books.” In “The Physics of Superheroes” (Gotham Books, 2005), Kakalios explores everything from energy to thermodynamics, to quantum mechanics, to solid state physics; and Kakalios relates the physics in comic books to such real-world applications as automobile airbags, microwave ovens and transistors.

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PR 06-172
ISSN 0731-3527

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