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Two Fisted Science: Stories About Scientists Paperback – April 1, 2001
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The cartoons both intrigue and amuse. An unusual but intelligent introduction to some of the most famous figures in physics. -- Physics World, December 1997
[W]onderfully offbeat and human. This collection illustrates some of science history's more offbeat sides... -- FACTSHEET FIVE, March 1998
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A science-themed comic is especially appropriate, as the art-text combination inherent to comics would seem perfect for conveying complex/cosmic ideas. This collection features some terrific artists - notably Bernie Mireault, David Lasky, Colleen Doran and Sean Bieri - but I was a bit disappointed in the writing. Ottaviani's stories so intent on being unorthodox and different that they instead become meandering and confusing. Oftentimes I was unsure of what exactly was at stake for each story and why we should care about what was being told. And I would expect to actually learn more about SCIENCE in such a book. Also, the organization of the book into seemingly random sections, and the clumsy, unimaginative publication design diminished the effect.
I give the book high marks for effort, nice artwork, and the especially interesting portraits of Richard Feynman, but overall I'd rate "Two-Fisted Science" a noble failure.
We get a more or less fictionalized retelling of Galileo's problems with the Catholic Church. This is followed by a completely fictional "bar fight "between Newton and Leibniz. Leibniz is shrugged off as a Lawyer when in fact he was a lot of things.
The several sections on Richard Feynman includes the touching story of the tender love between himself and his dying wife as well as something of his mischievous sense of humor. Likely this section comes closest to capturing the person in the lab coat. Feynman also has the largest share of this short book. Bertrand Russell get a fairly clever and effective one page. Until you read that this is a version of a story based on something else. On the good side each section ends with some quality suggestions for additional reading.
As a collection of graphic art there is something here for everyone who admires this art form but the text/story lines include too much that is vague and unenlightening and too little that is of human interest. If any scientist profiled in Two Fisted Science was unknown to you before reading the book, likely they remain unknown to you nor do you have much that tells you why a given scientist is profiled.
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exactlamente stupendoso for real insight to great pioneers....Published 14 months ago by 80th aero squadron
My 15 year old science geek son loved this book. I'm getting him to read more books by getting him excited with graphic novels about science.Published on January 21, 2013 by Gayle K. Bodine
Jim Ottaviani loves science and has a knack for finding tales that are intriguing and usually entertaining. Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by Jean E. Pouliot