IOP physics cartoons published in book

2 September 2011

Forty-five of the popular ’Do Try This at Home’ cartoons that are featured in the Institute of Physics (IOP) monthly membership newspaper Interactions have been made into a book, Marvin and Milo Adventures in Science, published by Macmillan today, Friday, 2 September 2011.

Each comic strip features Marvin the cat and Milo the dog, who conduct simple physics experiments using everyday household objects. The cartoons were first devised for Interactions in 2004 and are brought to life by freelance artist Vic Le Billon, who bases her illustrations on experiments developed by the IOP’s Head of Public Engagement, Caitlin Watson.

Although the book is primarily aimed at children, adults are equally captivated by the universally appealing illustrations.

Caitlin Watson said, “The book is intended for anyone from parents, grandparents, teachers, leaders of youth groups to children themselves. There is nothing childish about the cartoons, they are simply written in a way that doesn’t require any prior science knowledge - they’re about encouraging people to have a go at the physics.”

Initially designed as a short run of four cartoons, the comic strip’s immediate popularity ensured the continuation of the series, and IOP first started looking into publishing the cartoons as a book in 2006 to make the experiments available to a larger audience.

Caitlin Watson said, “I can’t quite believe the book is finally being published - we’re really pleased that the work that we’ve put in over the last five or six years is going to reach a wider audience. I do hope it takes off and lots of people who think that physics is not for them have a go at a couple of the experiments.”

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