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Ohio Wesleyan to Host 'Flying Circus of Physics' Author


January 5, 2007

Professor Jearl Walker.
Why do wintergreen candies spark when you bite them? Why do golf balls have dimples? Why don’t woodpeckers get concussions from slamming their beaks into trees? The answer to all of these questions, Jearl Walker says, is physics.

A physics professor at Cleveland State University, Walker is the author of “The Flying Circus of Physics,” a book that illustrates how physics can be used to explain little mysteries of everyday life. He will visit Ohio Wesleyan University on Jan. 17, where his unique presentation will include dipping his fingers into molten lead and lying on a bed of nails.

Walker will speak at 4:10 p.m. Jan. 17 in Room 163 of the Schimmel/Conrades Science Center. The event is free and open to the public. Following his presentation, Walker will be available in the building’s atrium to sign copies of his book. His visit is being sponsored by the Ohio Wesleyan Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Walker has lectured to countless groups of physics students and appeared on television shows throughout the country, including “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” He also was featured on the TV show, “Kinetic Karnvial,” which aired in schools nationwide and earned him a local Emmy Award. More information about Walker is available online at www.FlyingCircusOfPhysics.com.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives. The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.