## Science comics

Posted by David Zaslavsky on — Edited — CommentsWhen I teach classes, sometimes I like to show a comic at the beginning to lighten the mood a bit, or perhaps keep people from falling asleep quite so easily. So I’ve been accumulating this list of science-themed comics for a few years now.

# Newtonian mechanics

- XKCD 123: Bond and centrifugal force
- XKCD 135: velociraptor exam
- XKCD 162: angular momentum slowing the planet
- XKCD 226: weightlessness on a swing set
- XKCD 228: resonance in the workplace
- XKCD 332: gyroscopes are weird
- XKCD 353: antigravity in Python
- XKCD 594: period/frequency, and the uterus-hertz
- XKCD 613: physicists not solving the three-body problem
- XKCD 669: frictionless vacuums
- XKCD 755: hitting psychology students with pendulums, interdisciplinary studies
- XKCD 1001: centrifugal force in a bed
- XKCD 1175: relative motion on moving sidewalks
- Abstruse Goose 95: force and The Force
- The
*mysteriously missing*Abstruse Goose 318: projectile motion and rotations (I challenge you to find this one yourself)

# Electromagnetism

- XKCD 199: alternatives to right-hand rule
- XKCD 273: the EM spectrum
- XKCD 316: elliptical reflector dish
- XKCD 356: infinite grid of resistors
- XKCD 382: practicality, lasers
- XKCD 567: electric charge convention
- XKCD 643: electrical power
- XKCD 654: interference
- XKCD 730: complicated circuit diagram
- XKCD 795: probability and lightning
- XKCD 1125: Hubble’s rear view mirror
- XKCD 1142: Faraday cage match
- XKCD 1145: Rayleigh scattering and tricky questions
- XKCD 1308: spectra of Christmas lights
- Abstruse Goose 307: real uses of Maxwell’s equations
- Abstruse Goose 309: transformers and Transformers
- Dilbert 07/28/04: making a generator

# Quantum physics

- XKCD 45: Schroedinger’s comic
- XKCD 316: elliptical reflector dish
- XKCD 465: quantum teleportation
- XKCD 658: “sexclusion” principle
- XKCD 679: uncertainty principle, Christmas, and Jews
- XKCD 967: wave-particle duality
- XKCD 1204: resolution of Google Earth and the universe
- XKCD 1240: quantum mechanics, nonsense

# Thermodynamics

- XKCD 54: CMB as a perfect blackbody
- XKCD 1119: driving a fan with a wind turbine
- XKCD 1166: arguments about perpetual motion
- Abstruse Goose 319: Maxwell’s demon

# Fluids

- XKCD 969: the wardrobe: pressure, depth, Bernoulli’s equation
- XKCD 1119: driving a fan with a wind turbine
- XKCD 1165: flow rate of the Amazon

# Optics, Sound, and Waves

- XKCD 316: elliptical reflector dish
- XKCD 368: blowing out a speaker (phase shifting, resonance)
- XKCD 555: mirrors
- XKCD 648: color and Photoshop
- XKCD 670: Spinal Tap amps and engineers
- XKCD 1145: Rayleigh scattering and tricky questions
- XKCD 1272: shadow facts

# Astronomy and cosmology

- XKCD 54: CMB as a perfect blackbody
- XKCD 975: blocking a telescope’s view to see exoplanets
- XKCD 1020: that funny thing under Orion’s belt
- XKCD 1071: there are a lot of exoplanets
- XKCD 1111: stellar evolution and the end of the Earth
- XKCD 1123: making a universe
- XKCD 1125: Hubble’s rear view mirror
- XKCD 1132: probability and whether the sun has exploded
- XKCD 1204: resolution of Google Earth and the universe
- XKCD 1212: TV signals propagating into space
- XKCD 1231: mirror in front of the telescope
- XKCD 1239: asteroids and social media
- XKCD 1246: the pale blue dot as a pixel
- XKCD 1248: mind-boggling bigness of space
- XKCD 1249: meteor showers
- XKCD 1253: weird exoplanet names
- XKCD 1276: doing observational astronomy on the Earth’s surface

# Relativity and gravity

- XKCD 226: weightlessness on a swing set
- XKCD 353: antigravity in Python
- XKCD 514: relativity of simultaneity (in bed)
- XKCD 298: tesla coil and antigravity, things not making sense
- XKCD 660: relativity, causality, and sympathy tips for physicists
- XKCD 716: time travel
- XKCD 1158: taking the rubber sheet analogy too literally
- XKCD 1203: the problem with time machines
- XKCD 1233: Einstein’s odd thought experiment
- Nerdy science blog 05/21/08: gravity and evolution

# High-energy physics

- XKCD 171: string theory and what it means
- XKCD 401: what to do with the LHC when you don’t find the Higgs
- XKCD 1114: the real effects of radioactivity, metallurgy
- XKCD 1204: resolution of Google Earth and the universe
- XKCD 1260: lethal dose of toxicity data
- Abstruse Goose 181: Feynman diagrams

# Space exploration and orbital mechanics

- XKCD 613: three-body problem
- XKCD 1074: the moon landing and NASA’s accomplishments
- XKCD 1091: landing a rover on Mars and it takes pictures
- XKCD 1189: how many times Voyager I has left the solar system
- XKCD 1229: screen saver crashing into a star
- XKCD 1244: it works in Kerbal space program

# Math

- XKCD 26: Fourier transform of a cat
- XKCD 199: right-hand rule
- XKCD 539: statistical significance
- XKCD 435: purity of fields
- XKCD 552: correlation v. causation
- XKCD 626: calculus, Newton
- XKCD 759: why showing your work is important, long division
- XKCD 795: probability and lightning
- XKCD 1132: probability and whether the sun has exploded
- XKCD 1230: polar/Cartesian plot
- XKCD 1236: probability, Bayesian inference, and seashells
- XKCD 1282: probability and the Monty Hall goat
- Talk like a physicist: calculus (maybe this page doesn’t work anymore)

# The academic process

- XKCD 435: purity of fields
- XKCD 499: why you have to use a #2 pencil on a test
- XKCD 557: memories of school
- XKCD 608: “Do not write in this space”
- XKCD 759: why showing your work is important, long division
- XKCD 1145: Rayleigh scattering and tricky questions

# Science communication and public relations

- XKCD 242: normal people vs. scientists
- XKCD 298: tesla coil and antigravity, things not making sense
- XKCD 382: practicality, lasers
- XKCD 397: why ideas should be tested by experiment
- XKCD 547: simple phrasing and the importance of being understandable
- XKCD 585: science (sharks)
- XKCD 660: relativity, causality, and sympathy tips for physicists
- XKCD 670: Spinal Tap amps and engineers
- XKCD 793: physicists encountering new fields
- XKCD 799: fallacy of appeal to authority and Stephen Hawking
- Abstruse Goose 307: real uses of Maxwell’s equations

# Miscellaneous

- XKCD 165: turn signal resonance
- XKCD 228: resonance
- XKCD 520: bio majors
- XKCD 526: metric units
- XKCD 648: color and Photoshop
- XKCD 687: abusing dimensional analysis
- XKCD 755: hitting psychology students with pendulums, interdisciplinary studies
- XKCD 768: why graphing calculators are still low-tech
- XKCD 790: experimental design and control groups with LSD
- XKCD 1082: erotic geology
- XKCD 1114: the real effects of radioactivity, metallurgy
- XKCD 1162: why we need logarithmic scales
- XKCD 1198: geology and the death of the Earth
- XKCD 1203: the problem with time machines
- XKCD 1206: proving Einstein wrong is not that big a deal
- XKCD 1217: killing cells in a petri dish, overhyping results
- XKCD 1235: how we have evidence for things
- XKCD 1239: asteroids and social media
- XKCD 1242: misleading names
- XKCD 1245: meteorology and the apocalypse
- XKCD 1268: alternate universes and lobsters
- XKCD 1283: sensationalized headlines
- Abstruse Goose 191: interpreting graphs
- Abstruse Goose 275: how scientists see the world
- Abstruse Goose 276: unreliable senses
- Abstruse Goose 316: physical justification of your assumptions
- Nerdy science blog 05/21/08: gravity and evolution

Of course there are always more, so I welcome suggested additions in the comments....