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The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science Hardcover – September 26, 2012
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"Far from the brassy computer renderings of cosmic events, for instance, in these pages you'll see star births described in pen and ink, antimatter realized in collage, and a hand-painted black hole." - Discover Magazine
"The result is scientific, yet with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Why do we blush? includes a discussion of blood vessels and the sympathetic nervous system, along with a drawing of a naked man with his internal organs exposed (you'd blush too)." - Cassandra Willyard, WNYC's Studio 360
"75 contemporary artists such as Jacob Magraw, Jen Corace, and Patrick Kyle were commissioned to create the book's original artwork, leading to a huge variety of visual styles throughout. Some illustrations are, like the front cover pictured above, akin to those of a beautified textbook, but the most are simply works of art; literal, metaphorical, or satiric imagery to accompany the text." -The Verge
"A party for your left brain and your right brain." -- Boing Boing
"This highly browsable volume puts a new lens to the long-time relationship between art and science.... Each entry admirably articulates a complex topic in concise and engaging ways.... Volvovski, Rothman, and Lamothe offer a stunning collection that reimagines scientific wonder and that is an eloquent argument for slow living in an age of immediate access." -- Science
"The result is scientific, yet with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Why do we blush? includes a discussion of blood vessels and the sympathetic nervous system, along with a drawing of a naked man with his internal organs exposed (you'd blush too)."- - Studio 360 Blog
"The genius of the book is its brevity and wit, and the room it leaves for imagination." - TheAtlantic.com
"Promises to pick you up at the front cover, delight and fascinate you in a flurry of eye poppers, and drop you off better informed 168 pages later." -- Discovermagazine.com
"Like a science book published by The New Yorker. Images range from 1980s textbooks homages to dinosaur watercolors to Escherian mind-benders to straight-up trippy, surrealist work that would be at home on an album cover." -- FastCoDesign
"If you're looking for fun facts illustrated by some amusing imagery, it does the job well." - Steven Heller, The New York Times
"As a lover of the intersection of art and science, I find myself more excited about The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science than I've been about a book in ages. In this gem, as intellectually stimulating as it is visually stunning, creative trifecta Julia Rothman, Jenny Volvovski and Matt Lamothe invite some of today's most celebrated artists to create scientific illustrations and charts to accompany short essays about the most fascinating unanswered questions on the minds of contemporary scientists." -- Brain Pickings
About the Author
David Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have been translated into dozens of languages.
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What came before the Big Bang?
What is Dark Matter?
What makes us blush?
Do Squirrels remember where they bury their nuts?
The Origin of the Moon.
Can our cells communicate?
Why do pigeons bob their heads when they walk?
I have but one complaint- the cover art chosen does not do justice to the great art in this book.
Very readable, beautifully illustrated.
If you are looking for basic illustration of all different types, vaguely related to a science theme or topic, this book might be for you.
If you are looking for science and/or medical related illustration (cross-sections, information diagrams, technical and medical illustrations, etc.), this is NOT the book you are looking for.
Lovely, informative, and worth the purchase.
The questions are ones most of us all wonder about: What existed before the Big Bang? What is the origin of the moon? Why do we blush? How do migrating animal find their way back home? What did dinosaurs eat? How much of human behavior is predetermined? How do squirrels remember where they bury their nuts? Why do we hiccup? Why are humans and chimps so different if they have nearly identical DNA?
Even if there is no definitive answer (and sometimes there is not), you still get a pretty good explanation, and a summary of the state of the knowledge about the question at the present time. Most of the entries are succinct, clear, and understandable to the lay person, written by an array of contributors including physicists, aerospace engineers, biologists, research librarians, and quite a few professors.
The illustrations are outstanding. Sometimes you may not quite “get” them until you read the accompanying science piece, and then their cleverness impresses you all the more. The artists chosen by the compilers are from a mix of backgrounds, and include comic artists as well as fine artists. Most of the pictures are ones I wish I had on my walls.
At the end of the book, there are helpful indexes of not only of the questions explored, but of the names of contributing scientists and artists.
This book will provide endless stimulation, both intellectually and visually. The authors said their goal was to bringing back a sense of wonder in the age of Google and Wikipedia, and they have certainly succeeded.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
love, great book, easy read, educational....great pics, short education on many subjects, good for those who dont love long reads or ones that are boring!!!Published 17 days ago by shawn arend
Enjoyed the short synopsis style and the variety of topics covered. The book is a good primer leading to further investigation.Published 1 month ago by M. Domanowski
The artists do not understand (or are pretending not to understand) the science that accompanies their artwork. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Susan P.
I think the printing seems a cheap. Not a visual joy to look through as expected.Published 6 months ago by Jenny
Interesting book. Not quite as educational as I had hoped, but probably worth the purchase.Published 7 months ago by good to go
It took a while, after pre-ordering, to get this book. Amazon back ordered it, then back ordered again. I finally picked it up overnight through Barnes and Noble. Read morePublished 8 months ago by D. Stong
An interesting concept for a book. Ask some scientific questions, ask some experts to answer them and then ask some artists to illustrate them. Read morePublished 18 months ago by G. L. Tanty
A very good little overview of some of the more interesting questions in current science, answered by well-qualified individuals and interestingly (though sometimes confusingly)... Read morePublished 20 months ago by William T. Masonis