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Science art

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 12:00 pm
by Windwalker
Essentials first!

Most people think of scientists as humorless geeks, and enough of these specimens exist to give credence to the stereotype. However, most scientists have a robust sense of humor (they need it, to withstand the constant blows to their ego and income).

Not surprisingly, science cartoonists have been well beloved by scientists. Two celebrated ones are Sidney Harris (subtle and witty) and Gary Larson (of Far Side fame, less subtle but also witty). Here are links to their works: (Harris) (Larson)

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 2:23 pm
by intrigued_scribe
Excellent material; thanks for sharing this!

The work of these cartoonists is indeed subtle and witty, and the depictions ring all too true on a good many levels. :)


Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 10:40 pm
by rocketscientist
Heheheh! I liked the one you sent me earlier today too!

The other end of the spectrum

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:33 pm
by Windwalker
Then, of course, we have Edward Gorey who was mordantly, morbidly witty and as gothic as James O"Barr of Crow fame. Harvard Magazine recently had a neat summation of Gorey's life with an absolutely wonderful picture (especially for cat lovers). Here's the link:

Gorey, brief bio