April 21, 2006
I recently found a link to a series of Larry Gonick's mathematical cartoons that were originally published in Discover magazine:
It's great stuff. Here's a sample panel from the one on cryptography:
I've followed Larry Gonick's work for ages. He's famous for his easy to grasp, beautifully illustrated treatment of complex topics – as exemplified in the series of books he's published:
Although I made fun of the Learn ASP.NET in 24 Hours meme, I am a big fan of learning subjects in cartoon form. You learn more when you're having fun doing it.
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For even more sweet, hot Gonick action, check out his 14-comic "Candide in China" series:
It's about Chinese inventions that predated the western equivalents, sometimes by many hundred years (eg, the printing press).
But seriously, I've always liked stuff like this. In fact, I read cartoon guide to genetics back when it came out and it really did impart a lot of decent information.
Also, and I apologize for the triple post, but is it my imagination or does the traveling salesman strip not actually explain or show a solution to the traveling salesman problem? The note in the last panel seems to say that it doesn't solve what it should actually be solving.
"Also, and I apologize for the triple post, but is it my imagination or does the traveling salesman strip not actually explain or show a solution to the traveling salesman problem? The note in the last panel seems to say that it doesn't solve what it should actually be solving."
There's a second page to the cartoon ;)
Ah yes, well how about that! Silly me.
I just want to point out that Mark Wheelis, the co-author with Larry Gonick for the Cartoon Guide to Genetics was my microbiology professor from UC Davis (Behind my mild mannered software developing exterior I'm actually a microbiologist).
Couldn't agree more - programming was a black art to me until I discovered "Illustrating Basic". Now...