Have you ever wondered how a falling cat always seems to land on its feet? So have some of the most important scientists of the past 150 years. Watch the aid of videos and photos, physicist and cat parent Greg Gbur walks us through some of the history and science behind the ability known as “cat-turning,” “the cat-righting reflex,” and the “cat flip,” and highlights how cats have been causing mischief in science for 300 years and counting.
About our speaker
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.