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Professor James Kakalios, a mild-mannered physics professor at the University of Minnesota, has something in common with the characters he chronicled in his 2005 book The Physics of Superheroes - he has a super power. In fact, his new book The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics: A Math-Free Exploration of the Science That Made Our World, Kakalios reveals that all humans have a super power: our intelligence. With that power (and with a little help from quantum mechanics) we have created the greatest technologies the world has ever known. This week on Skepticality, Swoopy talks with Kakalios (a science consultant on the 2009 Warner Brothers film Watchmen) about his latest book. Not only does he explain how quantum mechanics enables your blu-ray player; he also explores the similarities between the young physicists who developed quantum theory and the science fiction pulp writers of the 1920s and 1930s — blending pop culture and hard science to reveal the physics behind our world.
Show Notes

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Today's guest is Professor James Kakalios.
Professor Kakalios was one of the Nifty Fifty at the First Annual
USA Science and Engineering Festival.

His latest book is The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics

Skeptic History Notes
Orson Welles’ radio version of The War of the Worlds was broadcast October 30, 1938.
A similar broadcast was done in Santiago, Chile on November 12, 1944.
One in Quito, Ecuador in February of 1949 actually resulted in 6 deaths
and much property damage.
WKBW in Buffalo, NY did it again on Halloween 1968 and for a few
years afterward.
In a similar vein, BBC’s Ghostwatch aired October 31, 1992.
The first John Titor post was November 2, 2000.
Jonas Salk invented one of the polio vaccines, he was born October 28, 1914.
Vaccine denialist Jenny McCarthy was born November 1, 1972.
Ali Maow Maalin was the last person ever to be diagnosed with smallpox on October 26, 1977.
You can read daily Skeptic History facts on Twitter, Facebook or FriendFeed.

The first Science Fiction magazine was Amazing Stories created by Hugo Gernsback.
The Big Bang Theory is the most popular show on television right now.
The Schrödinger Equation is central to the laws of Quantum Mechanics.
Professor Kakalios has presented The Physics of Superheroes at Comic-Con
Professor Kakalios was the science advisor for the film verson of Watchmen.
His video about The Science of Watchmen won an Emmy Award and is nominated for a Webby.
Watchman author Alan Moore was a recent Guest at The Amazing Meeting London.
There is some great bonus content for The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics
on YouTube
The Physics of Superheroes and The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics are available everywhere. 

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