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The Uncanny Physics of Superhero Comic Books

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***Note:  Your ticket to the banquet is included with your FRIDAY conference registration.***

Dr. James Kakalios, University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Friday, March 16th.  5:30 PM Social.  6:00 PM Dinner & Keynote Address
Valley City Eagles Club * 345 12th Ave NE * Valley City, ND  58072
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In 2001 Dr. Kakalios created a Freshman Seminar class at the University of Minnesota entitled: "Everything I Know About Science I Learned from Reading Comic Books." This is a real physics class, that covers topics from Isaac Newton to the transistor, but there’s not an inclined plane or pulley in sight. Rather, ALL the examples come from superhero comic books, and as much as possible, those cases where the superheroes get their physics right! His talk will show how superhero comic books can be used to illustrate fundamental physics principles. For example, was it “the fall” or “the webbing” that killed Gwen Stacy, Spider-Man’s girlfriend in the classic Amazing Spider-Man # 121? Why does the Flash become heavier as he tries to run at the speed of light? All this, and the answers to such important real life questions as how graphene saved Iron Man’s life, the chemical composition of Captain America’s shield, and who is faster: Superman or the Flash? will be discussed.

See Dr. Kakalios' bio below.