James Kakalios

This article is from 2013

James Kakalios

The science of superheroes

'Discussing superheroes and science is proof that we are living in the Golden Age of Geekdom,' says Professor James Kakalios. It's this Golden Age where Kakalios has made his career in physics, incorporating a string of classic superheroes into his lessons. His talk at EIBF gives access to not only the author of The Physics of Superheroes, but an excitable Hollywood consultant (Watchmen, The Amazing Spider-Man).

If one thing can be learned from Kakalios and his work, it's that he wants to make science accessible, and he finds the use of Superman can give people a little more self-confidence in understanding the fundamentals. 'If the four-colour adventures of these super-powered individuals can make it easier for some to learn science – well, it wouldn't be the first time these heroes have saved the day!'

As the Stripped programme pledges to celebrate comic books, Kakalios brings a new element to the superhero industry with his quick wit and enthusiasm for his subject. He makes superheroes sound so plausible, you may leave thinking you need to acquire a cape.

Charlotte Square Gardens, 0845 373 5888, 19 Aug, 7pm, £10 (£8).

James Kakalios

Hollywood physicist James Kakalios might have one of the best jobs in the world. As well as writing popular, highly accessible books about The Physics of Superheroes and The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics, he has also acted as consultant on movies such as Watchmen and The Amazing Spider-Man to make sure Hollywood gets…