The Where, the Why, and the How

The Where, the Why, and the How

75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science

Book - 2012
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A science book like no other,The Where, the Why, and the How turns loose 75 of today's hottest artists onto life's vast questions, from how we got here to where we are going. Inside these pages some of the biggest (and smallest) mysteries of the natural world are explained in essays by real working scientists, which are then illustrated by artists given free rein to be as literal or as imaginative as they like. The result is a celebration of the wonder that inspires every new discovery. Featuring work by such contemporary luminaries as Lisa Congdon,Jen Corace, Neil Farber, Susie Ghahremani, Jeremyville, and many more, this is a work of scientific and artistic exploration to pique the interest of both the intellectually and imaginatively curious.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books, ©2012
ISBN: 9781452108223
Branch Call Number: 502 VOLVOSKI
Characteristics: 160 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Where, the why & the how


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JCLEmilyW May 20, 2013

Beautiful and thought-provoking. Short essays about the unsolved mysteries of science are combined with striking full page illustrations by well-known modern artists. A great combination of art and science!

ksoles May 09, 2013

"The Where, The Why, and the How" pairs fantastically quirky art with descriptions of 75 "wondrous mysteries of science," largely within the realms of physics, astronomy, geology and biology. The book begins by asking what came before the Big Bang and then moves on to comparatively trivial matters like why pigeons' heads bob when they walk (not exactly a "wondrous mystery).

Using no more than a couple hundred words, the authors do engagingly describe the problems currently puzzling scientists. But the text only provides half the fun; the illustrations range from literal to bizarre, from modern print to comic strip to japanese painting.

This compilation injects a little wonder into our lives and reminds us that we don’t have all the answers.

May 03, 2013

A really great idea commingling art and science! There were times I wish there was more text to go with the concepts. Good for a quick browse.


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