James Kakalios


Spider-Man and the Decay Rate Algorithm

University of Minnesota physics professor Jim Kakalios discusses the real and interesting science behind Peter Parker and his webs behind In Sony Picture's upcoming film, "The Amazing Spider-Man.

Science of Watchmen

University of Minnesota physics professor James Kakalios discusses how quantum mechanics can explain Dr. Manhattan's super human power, and how he came to be a superhero expert.

Be a geek and a nerd: Jim Kakalios at Convocation 2009

Jim Kakalios delivers a speech at Convocation 2009 encouraging incoming freshman students to be geeks and nerds in order to better themselves, science, and the world!

The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics - Part 1

Using illustrations from science fiction pulp magazines and comic books, The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics explains the principles of quantum mechanics that underlie the world we live in.

The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics - Part 2

Most of us are unaware of how much we depend on quantum mechanics on a day-to-day basis. Using examples from science fiction and comic books, Jim Kakalios illuminates the amazing story behind the science.

The Physics of Superheroes - Death of Gwen Stacy

The death of Gwen Stacy had an enormous impact in the world of comic-book fandom. Dr. Jim Kakalios proves how Spider-Man's girlfriend Gwen Stacy died & shows that comic-books CAN be educational!

The Physics of Superheroes - Electro & Magneto

Another look into comic books for a dose of super science! Dr. Jim Kakalios illuminates the science behind Electro & Superboy using the powers of electricity & magnetism for good and evil.

The Physics of Superheroes - Superman's Blooper

James Kakalios can scientifically reason a lot of things in the comic book realm, but not everything. Dr. Jim Kakalios points out a problem which super-strength can't solve, and explains the science behind the blooper.

The Physics of Superheroes - The Atom's Blooper

The Atom has starred in multiple comic book series and is one of James Kakalios’ favorite superheroes. Using illustrations from the tiny titan, Dr. Jim Kakalios reveals the TRUE super-power of physics professors!