Science: A Discovery in Comics

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Explaining different scientific disciplines in clear, colorful chapters, this illustrated primer is a great way to introduce young readers to a complex topic. In her easily accessible style, Margreet de Heer visualizes science and makes it approachable for those with little knowledge of the subject. Touching a number of topics in various scientific disciplines--including math, chemistry, physics, biology, geology, and quantum theory--this work ponders questions such as Who exclaimed "Eureka" and why? Why did Galileo get into a fight with the Church? and What happens when you have your DNA tested? This humorous yet substantive graphic account strips the subject of unnecessary complexity, making it a perfect introduction to exploring scientific concepts.

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Margreet de Heer is a comic artist who collaborated on the online “Comiclopedia” on www.lambiek.net. Her work has been published in a wide range of Dutch newspapers and magazines. She is also the author of Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics and a comic book about religion in her native Dutch.

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De Heer and her colorist husband, Yiri T. Kohl, proceed with science as they did with philosophy (Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics, 2012). Appearing as cheerfully animated presenters, de Heer and Kohl first define science and identify three kinds of scientists: gatherers (primary researchers), thinkers (theorists), and tinkerers (experimenters). Then they chart the history of science, beginning, despite Kohl’s protests about earlier civilizations’ accomplishments, with the ancient Greeks and Thales of Miletus, whose quest for a material first principle (water, he concluded) brought him the sobriquet Father of Science. Besides important persons, various scientific disciplines—from mathematics to quantum theory—and historical contexts—from antiquity to the twentieth century—are covered as they crop up. Although the information on any one topic is very basic, a great many topics are treated, thanks to the economy of de Heer’s visual presentation, and they are all handled very well, thanks to the energy of her drawing style and the vividness of Kohl’s coloring. If anything, Science is an even more successful, attractive, and engaging work than Philosophy. --Ray Olson

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