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LearningLife Forum: The Colorful Life of Richard Feynman

Date: 10/27/2011

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center,St. Paul,Twin Cities

Cost: $15


This evening discussion is offered by the College of Continuing Education's LearningLife program.


Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman has been an irresistible subject for biographers since his death more than two decades ago. A quantum physicist, adventurer, bongo-player, safe-cracker, and raconteur, he was one of the most brilliant minds and ebullient personalities of the 20th century. A key member of the team that developed the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, he later served on the commission that investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Throughout his life he did pioneering work in the fields of quantum electrodynamics and, as a passionate educator and best-selling author, provided lucid explanations of the most complex concepts in contemporary physics. His colorful life has now been captured perhaps most appropriately in the richly illustrated graphic novel, Feynman. Join a free-spirited conversation about this maverick with two like-minded scientists. A reception with the speakers immediately follows the discussion where copies of their books will be available for sale and signing. Tuition includes refreshments.

Instructor James Kakalios, Ph.D., University of Chicago, is the Taylor Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota. Recognized by his colleagues for his research in experimental condensed matter physics, he is perhaps best known for his popular seminar Everything I Know About Physics I Learned By Reading Comic Books. The author of The Physics of Superheroes (Gotham, 2009), Professor Kakalios served as the science consultant for the popular movie based on the comic book Watchmen.

Instructor Jim Ottaviani is a leading writer of comics and graphic novels about science. His works have been nominated for multiple awards and received critical praise in publications ranging from The Comics Journal to Physics World. Notable works include a biography of Niels Bohr and a fast-paced tale of the desperate lives of early paleontologists. He is the author of T-Minus: The Race to the Moon (Aladdin, 2009), illustrated by Minneapolis comic artists Kevin Cannon and Zander Cannon, and the recently published graphic novel Feynman (First Second, 2011).


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  • Name: College of Continuing Education Information Center
  • E-mail: cceinfo@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4000
  • Sponsored by: College of Continuing Education

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