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LARRY GONICK
The CARTOON GUIDE to STATISTICS
by Larry Gonick & Woollcott Smith
Paperback: 240 pages
HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062731025
$16.00
A very clever effort at explaining the meaning and use of the major statistical methods through the medium of captioned cartoon drawings.
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"Gonick is so consistently witty and clever that the reader is barely aware of being given a thorough grounding."
--Omni
A humorous and valuable tour through modern statistics, these inspired cartoons simplify the confusing concepts of statistics for easier studying. Includes bibliography and index.

From the Back Cover:
If you have ever looked for P-values by shopping at P mart, tried to watch the Bernoulli Trials on
People's Court, or think that the standard deviation is a criminal offense in six states, then you need The Cartoon Guide to Statistics to put you on the road to statistical literacy.

The Cartoon Guide to Statistics covers all the central ideas of modern statistics: the summary and display of all data, probability in gambling and medicine, random variables, Bernoulli Trials, the Central Limit Theorem, hypothesis testing, confidence interval estimation, and much more--all explained in simple, clear, and funny illustrations. Never again will you order the Poisson Distribution in a French restaurant!

JAMES S. OTTAVIANI
DIGNIFYING SCIENCE
Written by James S. Ottaviani
Art by Marie Severinson, Ramona Fradon,
Lea Hernandez, Linda Medley, Donna Barr,
Mary Fleener, Anne Timmons, Stephanie Gladden,
& Carla "Speed" McNeil, et al
Paperback: 144 pages
G.T. Labs
ISBN: 0966010612
$16.95
Dignifying Science is the newest book from G.T. Labs that tells true stories about scientists in comics form. This 144 page trade paperback features famous women scientists including Marie Curie, Emmy Noether, Lise Meitner, Rosalind Franklin, Barbara McClintock, Birute Galdikas, and (believe it or not) Hedy Lamarr. 
Scientists and non-scientists alike will appreciate the human context this award-winning anthology gives to some of the most famous names in the history of discovery. With stories written by Jim Ottaviani and art by notable illustrators 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, complete with a full-color dust jacket, will please readers of all ages. Notes and references at the end lead them to discover even more on their own!

An Eisner nominee (like its companion volume Two-Fisted Science) and Lulu of the Year nominee for 1999, Dignifying Science has earned praise from the toughest critics of all: the scientists themselves. Discover Magazine (February, 2000) says "In Ottaviani's hands, cartooning becomes exciting education. It's a tribute to Ottaviani's breezy style that one wants to dig into [the] references and learn a little nuclear physics. Now that is a superheroic achievement." Simon Singh, award-winning author of The Code Book and Fermat's Enigma writes: "When it comes to popularising science, Jim Ottaviani's comic books do an excellent job of telling scientific stories in a fun and absorbing way. His latest, Dignifying Science, is a beautifully drawn series of stories about women who made major contributions to science and technology, but who have been largely forgotten..." (The Independent - London, 12 December 1999).

Jean Kumagai, Physics Today
I felt a little self-conscious paging through a comic book while waiting at the bar of an upscale Manhattan restaurant. My taste in books usually runs toward the ones without pictures. But Dignifying Science quickly won me over.

Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit
A fine work and contribution to the body of good and mature comics...bravo.

Retailer Reviews, The Comics Buyer's Guide
Entertaining and inspirational...a home schooler's dream. If you know any girls with the slightest aptitude in math or sciences, can change their lives by buying them this.

About the Author
Jim Ottaviani is a nuclear engineer now working as a librarian at the University of Michigan. He has been writing in and about comics for almost 10 years, and his stories have earned him a Xeric Grant and Eisner Award nominations.

James S. Ottaviani
FALLOUT
by Jim Ottaviani, Steve Lieber, Vince Locke, and more!
b/w, painted cover
Paperback: 240 pages
G.T. Labs
ISBN: 0966010639
$19.95
So, you've always wanted to learn how to build an atomic bomb? You're in luck: Jim Ottaviani is not only a comics writer...he also has a master's degree in nuclear engineering!
But even though it's not a complete do-it-yourself manual (assembly required, and plutonium is definitely NOT included), Fallout will bring you up to speed on the science and politics of the first nuclear gadgets.
Like its companion volumes, the focus of Fallout is on the scientists themselves -- in particular J. Robert Oppenheimer and Leo Szilard, whose lives offer a cautionary tale about the uneasy alliance between the military, the government, and the beginnings of "big science."

Fallout features art by award winning artists such as Steve Lieber (Whiteout, Batman), Vince Locke (Deadworld, Sandman), Bernie Mireault (Mackenzie Queen, The Jam, Grendel Tales), Eddy Newell (Black Lightning, Batman), Jeff Parker (Interman, "Solitaire, Wonder Woman") with Janine Johnston and a painted cover by noted Studio artist Jeffrey Jones.

James S. Ottaviani
Click HERE to order the TWO-FISTED SCIENCE trade paperback TWO-FISTED SCIENCE
by Jim Ottaviani, Paul Chadwick, Colleen Doran,
& Guy Davis, et al
Paperback: 128 pages
B&W
G.T. Labs
ISBN: 0966010620
$12.95
TWO-FISTED SCIENCE is the first in a series of books in comics form telling true stories about scientists. This 128 page trade paperback features tales of famous physicists including Hans Bethe, Niels Bohr, Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Galileo, Werner Heisenberg, Gottfried Leibniz, Isaac Newton, Robert Oppenheimer, and Wolfgang Pauli.
All stories are written by Jim Ottaviani, a former researcher and nuclear engineer-- now a reference librarian at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The illustrators include award winning artists such as Paul Chadwick, Donna Barr, Bernie Mireault, and Colleen Doran.

The stories offer a human context often missing when students learn the equations that bear the scientists' names. Readers, drawn to the book by the compelling anecdotes, will discover intriguing characters that lived real lives beyond ink on paper. End notes and references will lead them to further information on the scientists they've read about.
The trade paperback is self-published with the generous assistance of a grant from the Xeric foundation. Established by Peter Laird (one of the creators of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles") each year the foundation awards a select group of comics creators money to bring their work to press. I am grateful to the foundation for their support and confident that you will consider this portion of the "Turtle" fortune well-spent!

Penn Jillette, the taller, more talkative half of Penn & Teller:
"I loved seeing real superheroes in the same medium as the fantasy superheroes. Man, these guys don't pale standing next to Batman and Superman."

Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit:
"This is exactly the kind of stuff that should be done in our medium."

FACTSHEET 5 #63, March 1998:
"[W]onderfully offbeat and human. This collection illustrates some of science history's more offbeat sides: the blood feuds, the mischief, the love affairs, and the secret espionage."

Seattle's THE STRANGER, 11/20/97:
"The writing is informed and educational, but never dry. This would be a great textbook for a high school science class."

Comics Buyers Guide, 1/2/98:
"[T]his stunning collection of stories and anecdotes about science and scientists will engross and enlighten the reader ... a bargain and so damned good I can hardly believe it exists."

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