The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

July 21, 2017
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The Only Place You Can Get a Decent Cup of Coffee

Tom Gauld for New Scientist. 

January 13, 2017
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The Scientific Erotica Book Club

Tom Gauld for New Scientist.

June 13, 2016
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Classic Literature with Added Science!

Science versus Fiction — Tom Gauld for The Guardian.

January 2, 2016
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#Alchemists

Tom Gauld for The New Scientist.

November 17, 2015
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Super Science Friends

It has been an undeniably grim few days, but if you’re looking for a moment of light-relief, take 15 minutes and watch the brilliant (and joyously silly) ‘Super Science Friends’pilot episode. Successfully kickstarted November 2014, ‘Super Science Friends’ was created by Brett … Continue reading

October 30, 2015
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Mythical Scientific Creatures

Tom Gauld for the New Scientist.

August 14, 2015
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Popular Science Bestseller Title Generator

Tom Gauld for New Scientist magazine.

June 29, 2015
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The Scientist’s Dilemma

In his latest cartoon for New Scientist magazine, Tom Gauld illustrates the temptations of science fiction: In related news, Drawn & Quarterly are going to publish Tom’s new book Mooncop next year. It looks amazing:

May 24, 2013
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A Ballardian Obsession with Materials

  In what is presumably an excerpt from his new book Stuff Matters, materials scientist and engineer Mark Miodownik describes how his obsession with materials began with being attacked on the London Underground: I was right about one thing: he didn’t have … Continue reading

May 29, 2012
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RSA Animate: The Power of Networks

In this new RSA Animate, Manuel Lima, senior UX design lead at Microsoft Bing and author of Visual Complexity, talks about networks and the challenges of mapping a complex world:

June 1, 2011
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Radiolab: Talking To Machines

Inspired by Brian Christian’s new book The Most Human Human, the chaps from Radiolab examine what talking to machines can tell us about being human. The show includes an interview with Jon Ronson, author of The Pyschopath Test, about an article … Continue reading

April 21, 2011
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Something for the Weekend

Visual Vocabulary — An interesting interview with book designer Peter Mendelsund at Czech Position: I definitely take into account the author’s native culture, though whether I choose to adopt something stylistic from this culture depends on the vagaries of the … Continue reading

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