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Postby Windwalker » Wed Feb 28, 2007 12:00 pm

Essentials first!

Most people think of scientists as humorless geeks, and enough of these specimens exist to give credence to the stereotype. However, most scientists have a robust sense of humor (they need it, to withstand the constant blows to their ego and income).

Not surprisingly, science cartoonists have been well beloved by scientists. Two celebrated ones are Sidney Harris (subtle and witty) and Gary Larson (of Far Side fame, less subtle but also witty). Here are links to their works:

http://www.sciencecartoonsplus.com/gallery.htm (Harris)
http://www.thefarside.com/ (Larson)
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Postby intrigued_scribe » Fri Mar 02, 2007 2:23 pm

Excellent material; thanks for sharing this!

The work of these cartoonists is indeed subtle and witty, and the depictions ring all too true on a good many levels. :)

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Postby rocketscientist » Sat Mar 03, 2007 10:40 pm

Heheheh! I liked the one you sent me earlier today too!

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The other end of the spectrum

Postby Windwalker » Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:33 pm

Then, of course, we have Edward Gorey who was mordantly, morbidly witty and as gothic as James O"Barr of Crow fame. Harvard Magazine recently had a neat summation of Gorey's life with an absolutely wonderful picture (especially for cat lovers). Here's the link:

Gorey, brief bio
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