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SSB Gets Comic Relief

Comics writer Jim Ottaviani will talk about his new graphic novel biography Feynman, on the life of the noted Nobel nuclear physicist Richard Feynman, for a special installment of Science Study Break.

Feynman’s life story was shaped by his connection to historical significance (he was part of the team that developed the atomic bomb and, later, the commission that looked into the Challenger disaster), his contributions to science (he was a pioneering figure in quantum computing and nanotechnology) and his quirky personality.

Ottaviani is the author of several comic books about the history of science, including Two-Fisted Science: Stories About Scientists which features biographical stories about Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Niels Bohr, and several stories about physicist Richard Feynman. He is also a librarian and has worked as a nuclear engineer.

Come hear Ottaviani talk about Feynman at 6pm on Friday, Sept. 30, in Welch Hall, Room 2.224, located at 24th & Speedway. There will be pizza from Austin’s Pizza (while it lasts) and the University Co-op will be selling copies for Ottaviani to sign (while they last).

Pop culture and the academy collide as Science Study Break features relevant faculty and experts from the University of Texas at Austin discussing the reality and fantasy portrayed as fact in science-themed television and movies. Science Study Break is hosted by the University of Texas Libraries and supported by the University Federal Credit Union.

(See this review of Feynman in the Austin Chronicle.)

Win Tickets to The Real Dr. Strangelove

Texas Performing Arts has provided another pair of tickets to one of its great 2010-2011 Season events, and this time one lucky winner gets a night at the theater.

Renowned radio company L.A. Theatre Works (LATW) takes us back to the advent of the atomic age with its performance of Peter Goodchild’s The Real Dr. Strangelove: Edward Teller and the Battle for the H-Bomb.

The story follows “father of the hydrogen bomb” Edward Teller as he and “father of the atomic bomb” Robert Oppenheimer come to ideological heads over the future of nuclear weapons.

Teller is rumored to have been the inspiration for Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove.

An explosive evening of theater awaits the winner, so visit the Libraries Research and Win Contest #6 page and fill out a brief questionnaire.

Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 10. One winner will be chosen randomly from the correct responses and announced on Twitter and Facebook on Friday, June 11. Contest is open to everyone.