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Science Cafe: How to Walk on Water and Climb up Walls

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Animals move with astounding grace, speed and versatility: how do they do it, and what can we learn from them? Join David Hu, author of “How to Walk on Water and Climb up Walls,” on this wondrous journey into the world of animal motion. From the incredible efficiency of the wet dog shake to colonies of ants building rafts out of their own bodies, in his new book Hu shows how animals have adapted and evolved to traverse their environments, taking advantage of physical laws with results that are startling and ingenious. A book signing will follow the program.

About our Speaker

Dr. David Hu is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biology at Georgia Tech University. Hu is a fluid dynamicist with expertise in the mechanics of interfaces between fluids such as air and water. He is a leading researcher in the biomechanics of animal locomotion. The study of flying, swimming and running dates back hundreds of years, and has since been shown to be a rich subject, linking areas as diverse as mechanical engineering, mathematics and neuroscience. Hu’s work in this area has the potential to impact robotics research.



October 25, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Daily Planet Cafe

Downtown Raleigh
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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Katey Ahmann