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Explaining different scientific disciplines in clear, colorful chapters, this illustrated primer is a great way to introduce young readers to a complex topic. In her easily accessible style, Margreet de Heer visualizes science and makes it approachable for those with little knowledge of the subject. Touching a number of topics in various scientific disciplines—including ma Explaining different scientific disciplines in clear, colorful chapters, this illustrated primer is a great way to introduce young readers to a complex topic. In her easily accessible style, Margreet de Heer visualizes science and makes it approachable for those with little knowledge of the subject. Touching a number of topics in various scientific disciplines—including math, chemistry, physics, biology, geology, and quantum theory—this work and ponders questions such as Who exclaimed "Eureka" and why? What is the Philosopher's Stone? Why did Galileo get into a fight with the Church? and What happens when you have your DNA tested? This humorous yet substantive graphic account strips the subject of unnecessary complexity, making it a perfect introduction to exploring scientific concepts.


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Explaining different scientific disciplines in clear, colorful chapters, this illustrated primer is a great way to introduce young readers to a complex topic. In her easily accessible style, Margreet de Heer visualizes science and makes it approachable for those with little knowledge of the subject. Touching a number of topics in various scientific disciplines—including ma Explaining different scientific disciplines in clear, colorful chapters, this illustrated primer is a great way to introduce young readers to a complex topic. In her easily accessible style, Margreet de Heer visualizes science and makes it approachable for those with little knowledge of the subject. Touching a number of topics in various scientific disciplines—including math, chemistry, physics, biology, geology, and quantum theory—this work and ponders questions such as Who exclaimed "Eureka" and why? What is the Philosopher's Stone? Why did Galileo get into a fight with the Church? and What happens when you have your DNA tested? This humorous yet substantive graphic account strips the subject of unnecessary complexity, making it a perfect introduction to exploring scientific concepts.

30 review for Science: A Discovery in Comics

  1. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    Some things are inappropriate for younger kids. Seems like high school and up.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This is Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" for the lazy. That was the conclusion I came to in the middle of the book, seeing the similar lines the two followed, before I even read that it was, in fact, an inspiration for this graphic novel. I would highly recommend this to all, or to anyone tackling Bill Bryson's work as a grand and simplified companion. I really have no complaints about this work as I feel like it accomplished all it set out to do, marking the history of scien This is Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" for the lazy. That was the conclusion I came to in the middle of the book, seeing the similar lines the two followed, before I even read that it was, in fact, an inspiration for this graphic novel. I would highly recommend this to all, or to anyone tackling Bill Bryson's work as a grand and simplified companion. I really have no complaints about this work as I feel like it accomplished all it set out to do, marking the history of science by way of its evolution over time and its disciplines, except that I didn't enjoy the art style all that much. That's really beside the point in this particular graphic novel. Unlike others in the genre, art is not the point so much as explanation. In the end, I believe this is a book that's a great joy to read no matter your age or interest in the sciences. I imagine this might just be required reading in a middle or elementary school classroom one day.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    While this is an excellent overview of western scientific advancement, my only gripe was that it was extremely Euro-centric, advances from China and the middle east were either glossed over or noted briefly. But otherwise, this was a fun and fascinating way to give children (and adults) a great overview of science and the history of scientific advancement.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    Science is not exactly one of my interests however I am interested in history and non-fiction graphic books/comics, so I read this book out of curiosity. I found it incredibly well-done and both informative and humorous with a comic-style of art. This would make an excellent highschool book. I wouldn't recommend it for younger as the narrators are adults and there is some adult language present. A grand-sweeping cover of both the history and purpose of science it briefly touches on about every a Science is not exactly one of my interests however I am interested in history and non-fiction graphic books/comics, so I read this book out of curiosity. I found it incredibly well-done and both informative and humorous with a comic-style of art. This would make an excellent highschool book. I wouldn't recommend it for younger as the narrators are adults and there is some adult language present. A grand-sweeping cover of both the history and purpose of science it briefly touches on about every aspect of science you could image; which is pretty impressive. I wholly enjoyed the first half of the book as it was what you would call historical in nature, but as the book got into the 19th and 20th centuries the topics became too involved and scientific for my tastes that I did become bored with the material, but I'll be the first to say that is my fault and not the books. There is very good discussion between religion vs. science showing how they conflicted in history but ultimately giving the proper understanding they can and do go together very well. The only bias I saw was that they were heavy-handed where the Catholic church was concerned but since the authors are Dutch I wasn't surprised considering the Protestant history of the Netherlands. There are two other books in this series which follow my interests much more that I would read given the chance. The one on Philosophy is available but the one on Religion has not been translated into English at this time.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jesse

    One of my favorite books of the year! I love everything about this book. The subject matter is interesting and very creatively rendered. Many, many different topics and sub-topics are included, but only in bite-sized pieces, making it impossible to get bored or confused. A graphic novel is the perfect format for the subject of science, especially for those who may find a print version overshelming. I think this book belongs in every classroom, every library, ever personal collection o One of my favorite books of the year! I love everything about this book. The subject matter is interesting and very creatively rendered. Many, many different topics and sub-topics are included, but only in bite-sized pieces, making it impossible to get bored or confused. A graphic novel is the perfect format for the subject of science, especially for those who may find a print version overshelming. I think this book belongs in every classroom, every library, ever personal collection of everybody! I love, love, love it and recommend it for people who love graphic novels and who have never read one, for people who love science and those who have never really been interested in it. All of you will love this book. Guaranteed!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sowmya

    Very well written. Best gift you can give to a teenager and a good book to read for any ager :-) I am happy about the purchase.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    There were 3 of these and they were all OK. All had a few minor issues like incorrect section headings [Religion] or, like in this one, the claim that language has 26 letters. Language has no letters of any kind! There were a few other minor issues but all in all these aren't bad. All told, though, they are mostly on the history of these subjects.

  8. 5 out of 5

    wildct2003

    Very entertaining. Fun to read and informative.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Liam

    This book is basically about Science and all the different topics of science and the famous inventors from many years ago.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    A nice overview of science through the ages with some thoughts on the future. A bit dense at times but not overly simplified.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Heise

    What a great book. I picked it up for my son, who is in 2nd grade but reads the Basher Science Books with great glee. He read the first chapter or so and really liked it-- especially the three kinds of scientists, Gatherers, Thinkers, and Tinkerers... "A Good scientist is a bit of all three: gatherer, thinker and tinkerer." (p. 15). However, it got too dense for him after a bit, and I admit it was more or a read-in-sections book rather than a read-straight-through book for me. My son agrees that What a great book. I picked it up for my son, who is in 2nd grade but reads the Basher Science Books with great glee. He read the first chapter or so and really liked it-- especially the three kinds of scientists, Gatherers, Thinkers, and Tinkerers... "A Good scientist is a bit of all three: gatherer, thinker and tinkerer." (p. 15). However, it got too dense for him after a bit, and I admit it was more or a read-in-sections book rather than a read-straight-through book for me. My son agrees that he'd like to tackle it again when he's a bit older. However, as a history of/introduction to science, this comic/graphic novel format worked very well. The author was clear about choosing to start with Ancient Greece, while acknowledging there are many other starting points one could choose. The rope-shaped table of contents, explaining how each topic branches off at a key point in time, is very helpful. What I liked best about this book, other than the humor of it, was the acknowledgement that there can be more than one way of thinking about a problem, while both ways are still science; and that science is now acknowledged not to be some far clear mountain but that we interact with it. The discussion of the rocky relationship between science and religion, p. 98-104, if somewhat 2-dimensional in covering the past, still lays out the ways science and religion can be compatible as ways of experiencing life. (Without trailing into Creationism or EvoDevo or something.) I would say that most of the information here is accurate and well-balanced, though the definition of 'Renaissance science' she uses runs a little late.. The graphics are mostly clear except when she runs a timeline across both pages and back and forth-- I had a little trouble following this. But for all those interested in science, who don't (like her narrator characters) let previous school experiences with boring science turn them off, this is a good read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    A good, quick overview of where science came from, where it stands today, and how it got there! I liked the timeline-style table of contents at the beginning. Nothing's explained in any great depth, but most important discoveries are touched on.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Razvan Zamfirescu

    I won this book over a giveaway in June. I was so happy because I saw it as a gift for my birthday. I got it very soon after Margreet contacted me to say that she have sent the book and in a few days I should get it. Indeed, I got the book and on one of the first pages it was a small handmade draw just for me. Or at least this is what I like to believe. I started to read it on the road back home and I enjoyed it from the start. When I got home I give it to my wif I won this book over a giveaway in June. I was so happy because I saw it as a gift for my birthday. I got it very soon after Margreet contacted me to say that she have sent the book and in a few days I should get it. Indeed, I got the book and on one of the first pages it was a small handmade draw just for me. Or at least this is what I like to believe. I started to read it on the road back home and I enjoyed it from the start. When I got home I give it to my wife and we started to read it in family. We both liked it and discuss about the construction of the book and we agreed that it's very nice done. So, the book it's great. In my opinion might be a great companion for children to learn and understand science easier. It's funny, all the complicated theories are very nice explained, important figures are great analyzed, their life being described in a very few words but enough to help you make an idea about their personality. The evolution of science it's very friendly constructed. No matter that we are talking about Math, Physics, Geology or Biology all the important names and theories are accurately drawn together so everything to be clear even for a child. There is a lot of information and the book is looking sometimes like an encyclopedia or a dictionary which is a very good think because it does help you to understand the rest of the branches that evolved in time and became the science we know today. To be honest, I think that book should be translated in as many languages as possible and schools should have this type of books so they can give it to the students. Maybe there are better version of what Margreet proposed to do in Science: A discovery in comics but I don't know of them. So, until I will discover another one, for me this book is great to have in personal library and I am very sure that my kids will enjoy this when they will grow. I think that this book should be translated in Romanian and I really hope that a publishing house will get in contact with Margreet and her book will be found in Romanian bookstores. I truly recommend it to all children and adults that would want to recheck their knowledge about things learned in school. Conclusion: I am looking forward to read the other two books by Margreet: Philosophy: A discovery in comics and the one about Religion. Nota Bene: this review wasn't written this way because I got the book for free but because I really enjoyed it and I really think that I, by mistake, had been fortunate to win this giveaway and to discover a very nice title.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ian Pindar

    Science: a discovery in comics I loved this brilliant illustrated book. This is the history of Science throughout the ages, along with the Scientific discoveries. It is great to be reminded of the historical context of science presented so entertainingly. I learnt lots of facts, and I taught Secondary Science for twenty years! This is ideal for anyone that missed out on the fun and historical depth Science never seems to have the time to offer at school, as we shoot through Science: a discovery in comics I loved this brilliant illustrated book. This is the history of Science throughout the ages, along with the Scientific discoveries. It is great to be reminded of the historical context of science presented so entertainingly. I learnt lots of facts, and I taught Secondary Science for twenty years! This is ideal for anyone that missed out on the fun and historical depth Science never seems to have the time to offer at school, as we shoot through the curriculum (teaching to the test!). I especially liked how the non-Eurocentric role in discovery and innovation that is highlighted throughout. There are also some lovely insights into female Scientists, away from the obvious ones (Curie and Anning). This would make an ideal present for 10 years upwards, either with a passing interest in Science or an expert.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Earthingrocks

    A brilliant idea to inspire and educate kids on the wonders of science through a colorful comic book. Too bad its filled with heavy religious overtones that twist the story and facts to follow a religious idea about science. Little pokes and jabs are all-throughout the text trying to provide false information about what science is all about. These little quips are conventionally placed in excellent places throughout the text discrediting real science and making it on par with Christian religious A brilliant idea to inspire and educate kids on the wonders of science through a colorful comic book. Too bad its filled with heavy religious overtones that twist the story and facts to follow a religious idea about science. Little pokes and jabs are all-throughout the text trying to provide false information about what science is all about. These little quips are conventionally placed in excellent places throughout the text discrediting real science and making it on par with Christian religious beliefs. A marvel at marketing and graphic design ingenuity. Keep your kids away from this.Fellow reviewers have also pointed out many factual errors in the history of science as well. Check back for a longer review soon.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie

    a fun, informative read. i just read a review down below regarding the heavy religious overtones. in my opinion, the relationship between science and religion was handled well. the line scientists walked was very thin, many things were done in secret because of the close minded attitudes of the church. i don't know enough about the history of church and science to comment further, but I think the author addresses this appropriately.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Adele

    This topic was not as interesting to me as religion, but I still enjoyed this book. I like how de Heer and her boyfriend are characters and narrators and interact with each other in the comic itself. I am looking forward to reading Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics

  18. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads Science: A Discovery in Comics I loved this book. Learning about the history of science through a well illustrated book. The book is super easy to ready and really easy to understand. I learn a bunch of stuff. If science would have been this easy in school i probably would have had better grades! recommended for all age group!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Science: A Discovery in Comics is a great book to give children in upper elementary grades to help them develop an interest in science while giving them answers to questions for inquire that will build their background knowledge.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cody

    They definitely did a good job on getting so much info into one book, but, the formatting on the page seemed a bit scattered at times. There was also a lot of talk on religion and philosophy which I didn't think was necessary. And only 3 pages on biology?!?!? Come on....

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yussuf

    This book has a unique way of showing science that no other book had the courage to . It is so amusing that both grownUps and youth would enjoy reading , It is Funny ; Correct ; and most of all has a lot of colors which I personally adore in this kinda of books

  22. 5 out of 5

    Krissy

    A quick and fun read. I wouldn't use the book as a while in my classroom because some pages can be difficult to find the flow through, but there are many pages that would provide excellent introductions to some topics I teach in science.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Richards

    This was fine considering what a difficult task this was. But I would have done it with less mention of religion and less of the history overall, just more current scientific thinking. This should have been called "A history of science".

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    A brief overview of the history of science. They did a great job hitting all the major points as science changed over time. The art work at times was a bit cramped for my liking, but over all a well put together book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Autumn Skye

    Super awesome, I learned a ton and its hilarious.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    This was really a fun read. Good storyline and nicely drawn.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shridhar

    This book is a simpler and easily digestable version of "A short history of nearly everything". Enjoyed reading..

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Too dense for middle school, but very comprehensive and fun.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    It's not as good as the philosophy one.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mk Woolbert

    This is such a wonderful journey for everyone... kids, adults, everyone!

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