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Dignifying Science: Stories About Women Scientists Paperback – December 28, 2009
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It's so good, and remarkable how it got so much material across for each woman, so effectively. --Ruth Lewin Sime, author of Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics
Jim Ottaviani's comic books do an excellent job of telling scientific stories in a fun and absorbing way. --Simon Singh, author of The Code Book and Fermat's Enigma
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"Dignifying Science", a graphic novel that narrates the biographies of 5 women who made substantial scientific contributions, fills a niche that needs much more attention: Hedy Lamarr, a socialite-turned-actress whose idea of frequency hopping even underlies some of today's communications technologies; Lise Meitner, who co-discovered nuclear fission but was not recognized for her contribution by the Nobel prize committee; Rosalind Franklin, whose work set the stage for the discovery of the structure of DNA; Barbara McClintock, whose research in the genetics of corn led her to the idea of "jumping genes" and went unrecognized for about half a century; and Birute Galdikas, the leading researcher of Orang Utans in their native habitats. The stories are framed by two vignettes in the life of Marie Curie, a prologue giving a glimpse of her life before she was recognized, and an epilogue, recounting her reflections 14 years after she won her second Nobel prize. There are endnotes which provide some insight into the author's intentions in conveying the stories as well as further biographical references for each person.
While all stories are engaging and bring attention to an issue that needs much more than it gets, I did find the biographies uneven. The best are those of Hedy Lamarr and of Rosalind Franklin.Read more ›
I have developed a love-hate relationship with Jim Ottaviani and his artistic collaborators. He chooses such great stories, and then proceeds to massacre them with inept art and storytelling. But between his half-assed drawings and his rich notes, there is a lot to learn about these heroines of the search for knowledge. I just can't quit him.