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Science Tales [Hardcover]

Darryl Cunningham
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26 April 2012
A graphic milestone of investigative reporting, Science Tales takes on controversies surrounding climate change, electro-convulsive therapy, the moon landing, the MMR vaccine, homeopathy, chiropractic, evolution and science denialism. Thouroughly researched and sourced, Cunningham's clear narrative, graphic lines and photographic illustration explain complicated and controversial issues with deceptive ease and wit. Science Tales decodes the myths and lies that have shaped some of the most fiercely-debated issues of the past fifty years.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Myriad Editions (26 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956792685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956792686
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 433,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Darryl Cunningham is an illustrator and cartoonist. Author of the book, Psychiatric Tales, in which he relates his experiences working on an acute psychiatric ward, and Science Tales; a book of comic book essays on controversial scientific subjects, such as evolution, climate change, and the MMR vaccination scandal. He lives in Yorkshire, England.

"It takes other authors whole books to say what Darryl can say in a single illustration."
Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats, The Psychopath Test) on Darryl Cunningham

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'Darryl Cunningham continues his comics crusade to untangle lies, myths, and misconceptions with a new book defending the science that's grown from Darwin's theory of natural selection. As usual, he does so with wit, charm, and quiet persistence.' --SCOTT McCLOUD

'A clear and thorough survey of the subject, and very important.'
--BRIAN FIES, Eisner-award-winning author of Mom's Cancer

About the Author

Darryl Cunningham went to Leeds College of Art and is a prolific cartoonist, sculptor and photographer. He has also worked as a health care assistant on an acute psychiatric ward which informed and inspired the thoughts and experiences which went into his best-selling Psychiatric Tales. He lives in Yorkshire.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The (Re-)enlightenment as a graphic novel 29 July 2012
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The idea of this book is very simple, brilliantly so.

Cartoonist Daryll Cunningham takes on a number of popular and common attacks on scientific rationalism and debunks them in comic book form. The book starts with an open discussion of the merits of Electro Convulsive Therapy, recognising that there are arguments on both sides but ultimately calling for a less primitive alternative.

Thereafter Cunningham goes straight for the jugular of the anti-science lobby, in turn tearing into topics such as homeopathy, the theory that moon landings were a hoax, and climate change denial. He ends with the big one, slaying the head in the sand ostrich of science denial.

This book is very much the first cousin of Ben Goldacre's wonderful Bad Science, and as such you will not like it if, for example, you believe that science is as much a belief system as religion, or that creationism and evolution are equally valid theories.

Science Tales is not a deep and detailed scientific thesis. It is a graphic novel which you will be able to get through in an hour or two. It does however get across some powerful concepts in a wonderfully simple and beautifully comprehensible fashion

Scientific Tales should sit alongside Goldacre's book in every school library. I cannot recommend it enthusastically enough. If you already "get it", you will find it highly entertaining. If you are ambivalent about the claims of science vs its challengers, I would suggest, if you are genuinely open minded, that you give Cunningham a go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very approachable 1 May 2012
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This is a very different format to most books, being done in graphical / panel approach. Very effective, and very easy to read. If I had to nit-pick, this does mean that the overall **content** of the book is significantly less than the traditional text format (don't expect this to take hours to read!).

However!! There is strength in the simplicity and brevity of the arguments raised (which are presented clearly and concisely), and I can very easily imagining giving this to someone who insists that homoeopathy is the "new medicine", and that the combined MMR is "dangerous", and they would have to work hard to come up with a reason not to understand it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex scientific issues made accessible. 28 April 2012
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Darryl Cunningham makes effective use of the graphic novel format to discuss some important issues in contemporary science.
This fascinating, well-researched book covers controversial topics such as electro-convulsive therapy, moon landing conspiracy theories, climate change, evolution and alternative therapies.
'Science Tales' deals with complex ideas in an accessible way and this book is an ideal entry point for the general reader interested in understanding current scientific debates.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Science made simple 17 July 2012
Another fantastic book from Darryl Cunningham, covering topics as diverse as the Moon Landings and Evolution.

I'm a global warming skeptic (not regarding the science, but concerning the business motives of the people who stand to benefit from it) and it was great to see his take on such a complex subject, told brilliantly simply. Cunningham also manages to take age-old concepts such as the theory of evolution, and distill it down to basic principles that even the dimmest person would understand.

The most important aspect of these books is the research involved in each subject - and the wonderfully sublime illustrations he employs to convey broad, commonly-misunderstood ideas - and to present them in an enjoyable, entertaining format.

My 10-year-old son read the book after me, and loved every single page. It may even have convinced him that Nasa actually put men on the Moon.
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