Greg Gbur presents Falling Felines and Fundamental Physics

How do cats land on their feet? Discover how this question stumped brilliant minds and how its answer helped solve other seemingly impossible puzzles
The question of how falling cats land on their feet has long intrigued humans. In this playful and eye-opening history, physicist and cat parent Gregory Gbur explores how attempts to understand the cat-righting reflex have provided crucial insights into puzzles in mathematics, geophysics, neuroscience, and human space exploration.

The result is an engaging tumble through physics, physiology, photography, and robotics to uncover, through scientific debate, the secret of the acrobatic performance known as cat-turning, the cat flip, and the cat twist. Readers learn the solution but also discover that the finer details still inspire heated arguments. As with other cat behavior, the more we investigate, the more surprises we discover.

Author Bio:

Greg Gbur is a professor of physics and optical science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  He has a long-running blog on physics, the history of science, and weird fiction at Skulls in the Stars, and his writing has appeared in several compiled volumes of the best online science writing. He is also a dedicated cat parent, with six cats at home.



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Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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