Superheroes blast fear-of-science barrier

A few years ago physics professor James Kakalios enlisted the help of comic book superheroes to help students in a new freshman seminar explore basic principles of science. He was convinced that comics could help make science more accessible and appealing to students, even those with science phobia.

Now, everybody can get the benefit of Kakalios' wit and wisdom. His new book, The Physics of Superheroes, earned a starred review from Publisher's Weekly at Amazon.com. The book features illustrations with panels from famous comics like Superman, The Flash, The Atom, and, of course, Spider-Man. Kakalios will give a multimedia talk based on his book at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 13, in Room 150, Physics Building.