52. PHIL PLAIT: Welcome to science
Phil Plait, better known as The Bad Astronomer, is an astronomer (obviously), noted skeptic and popular science writer. His Bad Astronomy blog is one of the most popular science websites around and it’s where I get my regular science fix. This quote is taken from a speech Plait gave at a student science fair. He had no idea what he was going to say until he saw a news story on television the night before the fair. The story was a typical psuedo-science fluff piece that’s unfortunately seen too often on mainstream news. It made Phil so angry he quickly wrote this speech in response. Click here to read the full speech.
Phil has been one of Zen Pencils biggest supporters and he’s responsible for making my Carl Sagan comic go viral. He was kind enough to tweet it to his followers and then wrote an article about it on his blog. That led to the comic being shared all over the world, which then led to The Washington Post ‘Comic Riffs’ section interviewing me. This comic is my way of saying thank you.
- 50% of profits from this print will be donated to Phil’s favourite charity Every Child By Two, a vaccine advocacy group.
- I also turned the caricatures of Newton, Einstein and Feynman into a special ‘Rockstars of Physics’ print! Check it out here.