The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics


November 16, 2010


James Kakalios


University of Minnesota


Since the 1930’s, science fiction has wowed audiences with the promise that in the future: automobiles would fly, teleporting would be commonplace and invisibility would be an option for one and all. Why aren’t we there yet? While we didn’t get the jetpacks we did get smartphones and hybrid vehicles and pocket sized computers-in fact science has met more demands of science fiction than you might realize thanks to quantum mechanics. And it is because of this branch of physics that we may soon meet some of those other goals as imagined in the Sci-fi pulps.


James Kakalios

James Kakalios is a professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota. In 2007 he was asked by the National Academy of Sciences to serve as a consultant to the creators of the film Watchmen, and won a regional Emmy Award for his role in The Science of Watchmen.. He received his Ph.D from the University of Chicago in 1985, and has been reading comic books for much longer. Kakalios is the author of the critically acclaimed The Physics of Superheroes and his current research is in experimental condensed matter physics, with particular emphasis on complex and disordered systems.