Dignifying Science

Dignifying Science
  • ISBN: 978-0-9788037-3-5
  • Retail Price: US$16.95
  • Page count: 144 pages
  • Publication date: April, 2009 (3rd edition)

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Dignifying Science is the second in a series of books done in comics form telling true stories about scientists. This book features famous women scientists including Marie Curie, mathematician Emmy Noether, physicist Lise Meitner, DNA researcher Rosalind Franklin, biologist Barbara McClintock, primatologist Birute Galdikas, and Hedy Lamarr. Yes, that Hedy Lamarr...her story will surprise you!

The stories offer a human context often missing when we learn about the discoveries attached to these scientists' names. Readers, drawn in by the compelling anecdotes, will discover intriguing characters. End notes and references will lead them to further information on the scientists they've read about.

About the storytellers: With art by fan favorites such as Donna Barr, Mary Fleener, Stephanie Gladden, Roberta Gregory, Lea Hernandez, Carla Speed McNeil, Linda Medley, Jen Sorensen, Anne Timmons and comics legends Ramona Fradon and Marie Severin, this handsome trade paperback will surely please old and new readers alike. In addition to being the author of the New York Times #1 Bestseller Feynman, all of Jim Ottaviani's books have been nominated for multiple awards, including Eisners & ALA Popular Paperback of the Year. They also receive critical praise in publications ranging (widely!) from The New York Review of Books to The Comics Journal to Physics World to Entertainment Weekly to Discover Magazine.


"Rosalind Franklin's story is one of many great and unsung women scientists' stories recounted in the brilliant, Eisner-nominated comic book Dignifying Science..." - Cory Doctorow via Boing Boing: A Directory of Wonderful Things


...and elsewhere: Online Masters | Newsarama: It Came from the NYPL | Sequential Tart's Public Library recommendations | VOYA | USA Today | Comics Worth Reading | NPR's Morning Edition | CBS, The Early Show | The Washington Post, on classroom use | Physics World| SequentialTart | Discover | Another recommendation from Sequential Tart | An interview from The Pulse


Read an excerpt from the Rosalind Franklin story.

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