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A nuclear engineer by training and now a librarian and author, Jim Ottaviani has written a number of graphic novels about the history of science in collaboration with various talented artists. His works include comics about Alan Turing, Niels Bohr, Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Richard Feynman.
The Imitation Game by Jim Ottaviani; Leland Purvis (Illustrator)Award winning authors Jim Ottaviani and Leland Purvis present a historically accurate graphic novel biography of English mathematician and scientist Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. English mathematician and scientist Alan Turing (1912-1954) is credited with many of the foundational principles of contemporary computer science. The Imitation Game presents a historically accurate graphic novel biography of Turing's life, including his groundbreaking work on the fundamentals of cryptography and artificial intelligence. His code breaking efforts led to the cracking of the German Enigma during World War II, work that saved countless lives and accelerated the Allied defeat of the Nazis. While Turing's achievements remain relevant decades after his death, the story of his life in post-war Europe continues to fascinate audiences today. Award-winning duo Jim Ottaviani (the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Feynman and Primates) and artist Leland Purvis (an Eisner and Ignatz Award nominee and occasional reviewer for the Comics Journal) present a factually detailed account of Turing's life and groundbreaking research--as an unconventional genius who was arrested, tried, convicted, and punished for being openly gay, and whose innovative work still fuels the computing and communication systems that define our modern world. Computer science buffs, comics fans, and history aficionados will be captivated by this riveting and tragic story of one of the 20th century's most unsung heroes.
Manga are a popular form of comics in Japan with a distinctive style. This series of manga guides - translated from Japanese and published by Ohmsha and No Starch Press - teaches high school and college students about topics ranging from statistics and calculus to regression analysis and the universe.
The Manga Guide to Statistics by Shin TakahashiThink you can't have fun learning statistics? Think again. The Manga Guide to Statistics will teach you everything you need to know about this essential discipline, while entertaining you at the same time. With its unique combination of Japanese-style comics called manga and serious educational content, the EduManga format is already a hit in Japan. In The Manga Guide to Statistics, our heroine Rui is determined to learn about statistics to impress the dreamy Mr. Igarashi and begs her father for a tutor. Soon she's spending her Saturdays with geeky, bespectacled Mr. Yamamoto, who patiently teaches her all about the fundamentals of statistics: topics like data categorization, averages, graphing, and standard deviation. After all her studying, Rui is confident in her knowledge of statistics, including complex concepts like probability, coefficients of correlation, hypothesis tests, and tests of independence. But is it enough to impress her dream guy? Or maybe there's someone better, rig
Co-written by UC Berkeley computer science professor Christos Papadimitriou and author Apostolos Doxiadis, with exceptional artwork by Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna, this graphic novel tells the story of Bertrand Russell and the search for the logical foundations of mathematics. It includes encounters with such famous philosophers and mathematicians as Frege, Gödel, and Wittgenstein.
Logicomix by Apostolos K. Doxiadis; Christos H. Papadimitriou; Alecos Papadatos (Illustrator); Annie Di Donna (Illustrator)This exceptional graphic novel recounts the spiritual odyssey of philosopher Bertrand Russell. In his agonized search for absolute truth, Russell crosses paths with legendary thinkers like Gottlob Frege, David Hilbert, and Kurt Gödel, and finds a passionate student in the great Ludwig Wittgenstein. But his most ambitious goal-to establish unshakable logical foundations of mathematics-continues to loom before him. Through love and hate, peace and war, Russell persists in the dogged mission that threatens to claim both his career and his personal happiness, finally driving him to the brink of insanity. This story is at the same time a historical novel and an accessible explication of some of the biggest ideas of mathematics and modern philosophy. With rich characterizations and expressive, atmospheric artwork, the book spins the pursuit of these ideas into a highly satisfying tale. Probing and ingeniously layered, the book throws light on Russell's inner struggles while setting them in the context of the timeless questions he spent his life trying to answer. At its heart,Logicomixis a story about the conflict between an ideal rationality and the unchanging, flawed fabric of reality.
Call Number: PN6727.D69 L6413 2009 Engineering
Publication Date: 2009-10-05
Larry Gonick & Cartoon Guides
Starting with The cartoon guide to genetics in 1983, the cartoonist Larry Gonick has published a series of illustrated guidebooks about scientific concepts in collaboration with scientific authors. Perhaps best known for his work The cartoon history of the universe, his cartoon guides also cover subjects such as calculus, chemistry, computer science, and physics.
The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry by Larry Gonick; Craig CriddleIf you have ever suspected that "heavy water" is the title of a bootleg Pink Floyd album, believed that surface tension is an anxiety disorder, or imagined that a noble gas is the result of a heavy meal at Buckingham Palace, then you need The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry to set you on the road to chemical literacy. You don't need to be a scientist to grasp these and many other complex ideas, because The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry explains them all: the history and basics of chemistry, atomic theory, combustion, solubility, reaction stoichiometry, the mole, entropy, and much more--all explained in simple, clear, and yes, funny illustrations. Chemistry will never be the same!