Department of Mind-Blowing Theories

Science Cartoons

Tom Gauld

Department of Mind-Blowing Theories by Tom Gauld (Hardback ISBN 9781786898050) book cover

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A hilarious new collection poking fun at the scientific world, from the New York Times bestselling cartoonist and illustrator

‘Tom Gauld is always funny, but he’s funny in a way that makes you feel smarter. Which is especially useful when he’s being funny about science’ Neil Gaiman

A dog philosopher questions what it really means to be a ‘good boy’. A virtual assistant and a robot-cleaner elope. The undiscovered species and the theoretical particle face existential despair.

Just as he did with writers, poets and literary classics in Baking with Kafka, Gauld now does with hapless scientists, nanobots, and puzzling theorems – with comic strips funny enough to engage science boffins and novices alike.


“Tom Gauld is always funny, but he’s funny in a way that makes you feel smarter. Which is especially useful when he’s being funny about science”
Neil Gaiman

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“Gauld is my favourite hyper-minimalist brainiac cartoonist, and Department Of Mind-Blowing Theories is my favourite of his collections so far”
William Gibson

”Praise for Tom Gauld: [Gauld’s strips] have become known for their wry, playful erudition”
new Yorker

“Gauld’s deceptively simple panels and sparse, understated dialogue speak poetically … Gauld finds humour and hope - as well as coffee and doughnuts - in his portrait of a fading utopia”
guardian

“Each single-page piece is a clever, funny, slightly bonkers riff on a literary theme … Sublime”
the Times


Tom Gauld

Tom Gauld was born in 1976 and grew up in Aberdeenshire. He is a cartoonist and illustrator with weekly comic strips in the Guardian and New Scientist and his comics have been published in the New York Times and on the cover of the New Yorker. In addition to his graphic novels, Goliath, You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, Mooncop (a New York Times bestseller) and Baking with Kafka (winner of Best Humour Publication at the 2018 Eisner Awards), he has designed a number of book covers. Gauld lives and works in London.

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