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Science and Comics Meet in the Books of Jim Ottaviani


Tom Fudge:  Jim Ottaviani was a science nerd when he was growing up. He says he wasn't very popular in school and he really liked science and math. In fact, that's why he so closely identified with the comic book character of Peter Parker, who became Spiderman. Jim's love of comics never went away, and he's developed a national reputation as the author of comics and graphic novels. His books tell stories of science. One example is Bone Sharps, Cowboys and Thunder Lizards , which tells the story of early paleantologists. Another, Levitation, tells of the physics of magic tricks. 

Jim Ottaviani was in San Diego last month for Comic-Con. And he joins me now by phone from his home in Michigan, where he's also a librarian for the University of Michigan.


  • Jim Ottaviani is the author of several award-winning comic books about the history of science.  His latest books Bone Sharps, Cowboys and Thunder Lizards,  Levitation: Physics and Psychology in the Service of Deception and Wire Mothers:  Harry Harlow and the Science of Love.

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