Friday, November 19, 2010

Why didn't we have teachers like this?

Professor James Kakalios
A quite remarquable aspect cleverly pointed out here is the extraordinary of science fiction predicting coherent light far before it was discovered, thus making it culturally familiar.

The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics, James Kakalios

Lesson Six
'Most of us are unaware of how much we depend on quantum mechanics on a day-to-day basis. Using illustrations and examples from science fiction pulp magazines and comic books, The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics explains the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics that underlie the world we live in..."

More about Professor Jim Kakalios:
"James Kakalios is a physics professor at the University of Minnesota. Known within the scientific community for his work with amorphous semiconductors, granular materials, and 1/f noise, he is known to the general public as the author of the book The Physics of Superheroes, which considers comic book superheroes from the standpoint of fundamental physics.."