Science inspires me. It's a body of knowledge, a method of understanding, a way of seeing the Universe around you. It shows us what's true versus what isn't, and constantly reveals wonders and awe surrounding us that we might have otherwise entirely missed.
I'm not alone; science inspires a lot of people. One of them is Gavin Aung Than, a talented web comic artist. He created the site Zen Pencils, where he takes inspirational speeches -- many by scientists -- and draws comics that fit them. While these are web comics, he is able to putting images to the words that add a dimension and depth to them that is simply wonderful. He's done this for people like Carl Sagan, Neil Tyson, and Neil Gaiman.
Click to see the whole thing. The way he's drawn the last bit actually chokes me up a little bit. Wow.
If you like it, he's selling prints of the comic, and generously donating 50% of the profit to Every Child By Two, a charity that helps vaccinate kids and provides science-based information to parents about vaccinations.
I am simultaneously proud and humbled by this -- a Schrödinger's Box of emotions. My thanks to Gavin, and to everyone who finds a small bit of inspiration themselves from it.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Self-Made Man
The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.
The GOP Senate Candidate in Iowa Doesn’t Want Voters to Know Just How Conservative She Really Is
Does Your Child Have “Sluggish Cognitive Tempo”? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?
Naomi Klein Is Wrong
Multinational corporations are doing more than governments to halt climate change.
The Strange History of Wives Gazing at Their Husbands in Political Ads
Transparent is the fall’s only great new show.
Lena Dunham, the Book
More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.