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I love Science.
Well, I love the sort of pop culturey science that can be understood by someone who’s last experience in a laboratory was grade ten biology.
Lately I’ve been obsessively listening to every episode of Radio Lab, a science-oriented, This American Life-esque podcast that covers a topics like sleep, zoos, pop music and deception.
Lucky for me, there are also a bunch of great science comics. A writer named Jim Ottaviani has created a really cool niche for himself, and scripted several history of science comic books.
One of my favourites is Dignifying Science, a collection of stories about women scientists and their discoveries.
Ottaviani’s Wire Mothers: Harry Harlow and the Science of Love explains the social history leading up to this experiment. Basically, the discovery of germs, and the conclusion that germs led to disease, drastically affected the way people started to parent their children. Kids weren’t to be hugged or cuddled, because that would make them sick. Some experts even encouraged putting babies into isolated boxes to keep them safe from disease! When Harlow’s monkeys suffered alone, but thrived with their cloth mothers, it proved the basic but essential understanding that babies need love and affection survive.
Not only are these books entertaining reads, but they also provide you with some fuel for scientific arguments, and make you sound smart in every day conversation. I totally used the word “mitosis” the other day.