The Squires of Science, by Dennis O’Neil

Dennis O'Neil

Dennis O'Neil was born in 1939, the same year that Batman first appeared in Detective Comics. It was thus perhaps fated that he would be so closely associated with the character, writing and editing the Dark Knight for more than 30 years. He's been an editor at Marvel and DC Comics. In addition to Batman, he's worked on Spider-Man, Daredevil, Iron Man, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, the Question, The Shadow and more. O'Neil has won every major award in the industry. His prose novels have been New York Times bestsellers. Denny lives in Rockland County with his wife, Marifran.

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  1. Martha Thomases says:

    You didn't recommend a book, so I'll push my way in and suggest RATNER'S STAR, by Don DeLillo. It's about a 7 year-old math genius who has to decipher a message from outer space. I'm not a math geek, but reading this book made me feel like I understood it.

  2. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    Numb3rs is a show that gets enjoyed on two levels in my house. I get the math stuff (especially the math jokes) faster than my wife.Charlie and his brother are playing golf one day and his brother talks about the great game he's having. Charlie says "Well, that's probably just mean correction" and I started laughing. My wife looked at me, and I had to explain "mean correction" over the commercial break (simply, it's the math version of "eventually a blind squirrel finds a nut"). Of course, after the commercial Charlie explains it to the cops (and through them, the audience).Michio Kaku writes some spectacular books on theoretical physics for the sci-fi fan. He talks about how close we are to some of the stuff we've seen in the SF books, and we're a lot closer to some than you'd think. His new book, Physics of the Impossible, features a very recognizable blue police box droppig into a wormhole.

    • Rick Oliver says:

      I recommend "The Elegant Universe" by Brian Greene. It provides the only explanation of general (or is it special?) relativity that I've ever understood. OTOH, the stuff about string theory is completely beyond me.

  3. Russ Rogers says:

    The Physics of Superheroes Science of Superheroes Cartoon Guide to Physics and Philosophy: Truth, Justice, and the Socratic Way…Let's not forget that there is a direct connection between philosophy and math and art.I would recommend Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter.…I wonder what Mr. Hofstadter would make of Grant Morrison's run on "Animal Man."

  4. mike weber says:

    Almost any of Isaac Asimov's science popularisations.