Science Tales: Lies, Hoaxes and Scams

Science Tales: Lies, Hoaxes and Scams

by Darryl Cunningham
     
 

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Previously published as How to Fake a Moon Landing, and nominated for the Great Graphic Novels for Teens List from Young Adult Library Services Association, this new edition has been updated to include a clinical exposé of fracking

A graphic milestone of investigative reporting, Cunningham’s essays explode the lies, hoaxes, and scams

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Previously published as How to Fake a Moon Landing, and nominated for the Great Graphic Novels for Teens List from Young Adult Library Services Association, this new edition has been updated to include a clinical exposé of fracking

A graphic milestone of investigative reporting, Cunningham’s essays explode the lies, hoaxes, and scams of popular science, debunking media myths and decoding some of today’s most fiercely-debated issues: climate change, electroconvulsive therapy, the moon landing, the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine, homeopathy, chiropractic, evolution, science denialism, and, new for this edition, fracking. Thoroughly researched and sourced, Cunningham’s clear narrative, graphic lines, and photographic illustration explain complicated and controversial issues with deceptive ease.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Analogous to Michael Shermer's Scientific American column, The Skeptic, these vignettes present well-known scientific controversies where a significant number of people hold to explanations that don't fit with real-world evidence. These include climate change, electroconvulsive therapy, homeopathic and chiropractic treatments, evolution, the MMR vaccine, and science denialism. For all, Cunningham lays out the history of the controversy and the facts that do or do not support claims made. He notes, for example, that homeopathic treatments do not work medically, but the extended patient attention offered by homeopaths may assist psychologically and thus "work" for illnesses caused or exacerbated by stress. Cunningham's strength lies in translating complex scientific issues into simple sentences and logical statements. Clean, stylized line drawings, augmented by judicious color, are supplemented by photos and simple diagrams. VERDICT This excellent example of how graphic narrative can make complex subjects fun and digestible belongs in all library collections. Everyone needs to understand the difference between evidence and faith. Highly recommended for curious tweens (especially in school settings) through jaded adults.
From the Publisher

"Cunningham continues his comics crusade. . . . As usual, he does so with wit, charm, and quiet persistence."  —Scott McCloud, author, Understanding Comics

It’s good to see the arguments presented so well, clearly and concisely... what Cunningham does here is rather brilliantly presented, and customarily classy. As an artist his work is equally at home in the stark black and white of Psychiatric Tales or the lush and varied colours in Science Tales... Science Tales is impressive, Cunningham delivering his message with style, great art, even moments of outright comedy. All in all, we have something else to deliver the message of science and reason, and that’s a good, good thing. - See more at: http://myriadeditions.com/books/science-tales/#modal1

It’s good to see the arguments presented so well, clearly and concisely... what Cunningham does here is rather brilliantly presented, and customarily classy. As an artist his work is equally at home in the stark black and white of Psychiatric Tales or the lush and varied colours in Science Tales... Science Tales is impressive, Cunningham delivering his message with style, great art, even moments of outright comedy. All in all, we have something else to deliver the message of science and reason, and that’s a good, good thing. - See more at: http://myriadeditions.com/books/science-tales/#modal1"Cunningham has a real gift for making complex subjects simple . . . [if you] enjoyed Ben Goldacre's Bad Science, and care about climate change, you'll enjoy this one."  —Cory Doctorow, author, Little Brother

"The artwork is uncluttered, leaving little to distract the reader from the explosition, delivered in stripped-back, staccato prose."  —New Scientist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780956792686
Publisher:
Myriad
Publication date:
04/28/2012

Meet the Author


Darryl Cunningham is a prolific cartoonist and a former health care assistant on an acute psychiatric ward. His is also the author of Supercrash: How to Hijack the Global Economy.

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