Review published on October 5, 2017.
I don’t normally read graphic novels but was immediately drawn to the cover of Daryl Cunningham’s latest book, Graphic Science. A work of non-fiction, it tells the story of seven scientists who are less well-known in their respective fields – Antoine Lavoisier, Mary Anning, George Washington Carver, Alfred Wegener, Nikola Tesla, Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Fred Hoyle.
And how beautifully does the author illustrate these people’s lives! His drawing style reminds me of Tom Gauld’s (which is no bad thing!). The illustrations are crisp, clear and concise, and mirroring this are Daryl’s scientific explanations of each individual’s theories and achievements. As someone with only basic scientific knowledge, I found his explanations and accompanying illustrations clear and easy to understand, making this book a real delight to read.
Graphic Science is a wonderful book that can be read in one sitting or dipped in and out of at leisure. It’s both informative and entertaining. I think it’s great that Daryl Cunningham has deliberately chosen people who, because of their social standing or their background, weren’t given the accolades they so richly deserved at the time and are only now given the recognition they deserve. A special mention also for his excellent introduction to the book, which is passionate and should resonate with today’s society.
Graphic Science is one of those books which you buy for yourself, and then end up buying several more copies to give to your friends and family as it’s so good. Read and enjoy!
Judith Griffith 5/5
Graphic Science: Seven Journeys of Discovery by Daryl Cunningham
Myriad Editions 9780993563324 pbk Oct 2017
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