Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Science Study Break: Physics of Martial arts in the Movies

Here is a fun article covering a talk I gave yesterday at the University of Texas as a part of their Science Study Break program:

UT graduate discusses between physics and martial arts - The Daily Texan

The format of the program is pretty simple; they show a bunch of movie clips, and then discuss them with the audience, with a science-y twist of course.  The whole science study break series is pretty fun, and I highly recommend attending an event for anyone in the Austin area.

This was my first event promoting Fight Like a Physicist, and I still have a long way to go before it comes out this September.  Admittedly, some of the material is not easy to boil down to 30 second explanations without much context, so I should start figuring out which questions I can tackle easily in talks/interviews, and which ones I should just answer with "read the book!"

There was at least one special guest in attendance, too.  A former professor of mine back when I was an undergrad at UT showed up, and he was a member of the UT Judo team with me as well (1998 Texas State champs!).  He was the guy who first taught me a rear naked choke, so it was nice to see him there.