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Community Lectureship Sponsored by NDSU Explores ‘Materials Science of Superheroes’

Fargo, N.D. — James Kakalios, author of the popular science book “The Physics of Superheroes,” will be the featured speaker for the 2011 NDSU College of Science and Math Community Lectureship scheduled for May 3 at 7 p.m. at the Fargo, N.D., Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

In his presentation, “Materials Science of Superheroes,” Kakalios will describe the real physics behind Spider-Man’s webbing and ask questions such as: What type of metal is used in Wonder Woman’s bracelets that enables her to deflect bullets? What is the chemical composition of Captain America’s shield? And who is faster: Superman or the Flash?

Kakalios is the Taylor Distinguished Professor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Physics and Astronomy. He earned his doctorate in physics from the University of Chicago.


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