U of M Professor is Science Consultant for 'The Amazing Spider-Man'
The new “The Amazing Spider-Man” movie is getting some help from a University of Minnesota professor.
Physics professor Jim Kakalios is the science consultant for the Sony film. Kakalios specifically consulted on the physics behind wall crawling and the tensile strength of spider’s webbing, but one of his most notable contributions was the “Decay Rate Algorithm,” an equation relating to cell regeneration and human mortality that uses a combination of the Gompertz Equation and the Reliability Theory of Aging and Longevity. The equation is used by both Peter Parker and Curt Connors in the movie.
Kakalios has also served as a scientific consultant on “Watchmen” (2009) and is the author of “The Physics of Superheroes” and “The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics.”
“The Amazing Spider-Man” will be released July 3.
To view “Spider-Man and the Decay Rate Algorithm,” where Kakalios discusses the film’s hallmark mathematical equation, visit z.umn.edu/spiderman.