"You know, I love this series. I have the book on Mathematics
the book on Chaos. You can read them in one sitting, they're in comic
format, and they give the basic info you don't seem to get in
Reviews section: Cultural Studies)
The Introducing... series
Click the cover for its own webpage (shown in chronological order
publication in the UK)...
Borin Van Loon has created fourteen Beginners-style books over the
years; several are relaunched
by Icon Books in their Introducing...
series with new livery. Icon Books was formed in 1991 expressly
to publish a groundbreaking
of illustrated guides to topics such as Freud, Marx, Darwin and
The books became a huge success throughout the world, especially
titles on Postmodernism and Stephen Hawking in 1995. The series - which
has sold in excess of 3 million books - has been hugely aclaimed for
innovative and truly brilliant combination of words and pictures.
out April, 2005
The series is a unique blend of authoritative text by notable
authors and stunning visuals, comic strip, typography and illustration
the perfect introduction to abstruse, 'difficult' and jargon-ridden
Van Loon's eclectic approach is perhaps best exemplified by the Mathematics
and Sociology books
pure collage works from a myriad sources. It's the fulfillment of a
ambition to create one of these books in this way - barely picking up a
pen or brush - and now he's done two! Elsewhere dip-pen and brush
enrich the mix.
Richard Appignanesi, poet, novelist, impressario and series editor
the 'Introducing' series, took the precursor of these books, 'Marx for
by the Mexican artist, Rius, and working with writers, designers and
established a whole new genre in publishing: the documentary comic
The series now comprises nearly a hundred titles - a remarkable
Richard's novel has a cover-painting 'Domestic
Interior' by Borin Van Loon.
(A Review section now appears at the bottom of each book's page.)
<< ... the "Introducing . . ." series surveys a number
of heady topics in a lavishly-illustrated format. Readers wanting
but not insubstantial overviews of such topics as postfeminism,
and semiotics will find them herein. [They] tend to be written from a
point-of-view, but for North Americans that can be enlightening.
(The Cultural Construction Company Book Club Queue)
The Beginners / Introducing Books -- "Their cartoon format
and irreverent wit make difficult ideas accessible and entertaining."-
I was led to graduate studies by a fascinating comic book
raised intellectual questions within a fun format. So, I place a lot of
stock in illustrated books -- sort of like hefty comic books with
content. For a fun exploration of some of the ideas presented above,
the illustrated/comic book series "Introducing..." or "...For
Beginners." Some of these include:
Introducing the Enlightenment, by Lloyd Spencer and Andrzej Krauze.
Introducing Media Studies, by Ziauddin Sardar and Borin Van
New York: Totem. 2000.
Introducing Cultural Studies, by Ziauddin Sardar and Borin Van
New York: Totem. 1998.
Postmodernism for Beginners, by Jim Powell. New York: Writers and
(Excerpt from "A Guide to Philosophical Discussions of Community Media"
by John W. Higgins, "Community Media Review", 25:2 (Summer 2002).
A verbal 'review'...
While attending the launch of The Health Matters Gallery in London's
Museum in 1994 (opened by Dr James Watson), Borin was standing near to
huge mural on DNA (executed in 'Introducing...' style using collage
and cartoon), he met a genetics researcher who had first become
to study and graduate in the subject by reading Borin's 'DNA for
Such is the power of books; this chance meeting somehow makes it all
A blast from the past (Borin's first ever 'Beginners' book - which
got its own page yet)...
Capitalism for Beginners. LeKachman, Robert and Borin Van Loon.
Highly readable, and illustrated with cartoons. Explains the theories
Adam Smith, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, Milton Friedman, and others.
This is another of the excellent documentary "comic books"
published by Pantheon Books. However, just because it is a "comic book"
and uses well-selected illustrations to drive home its point (often
considerable good-natured humor), do not think that it isn't also an
and well-researched guide into the workings of the capitalist system.
book isn't a piece of "free market" propoganda. The author consistantly
points out the shortcomings, absurdities, and out right injustice of
system. In fact, his examination of why so many Americans continue to
the capitalist system, when it is clearly contrary to the best
of 9 out of 10 of us, is among the best I've seen. After reading this
you will know the basic textbook concepts of economics. You will know
from monetism, and microeconomics from macroeconomics. You will be
with the theories of Adam Smith, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, F.A.
and Milton Freidman. You will understand the law of the falling rate of
profit, and how paying lower wages can only temporarily offset this.
will know what a multinational corporation is and how they operate.
the author's warning about "corporatism" (in 1981) is down right
prophetic. Some people might be tempted to write this book off as dated
or obsolete because it was first published in 1981. On the contrary,
of the good old "business cycle" conditions are once again very
simular to those of the early eighties.... The author is no wild-eyed
He was a Distinguished Professor of Economics at the City University of
New York.[5 star review]
DNA for Beginners [SOON TO BE UPDATED AND REPUBLISHED!] ...
If you want to understand how DNA works and proteins are made and
of biotechnology to society then this book can explain complex terms
that an idot can understand it. I have been interested in biotechnology
and how it works. I would rate this book on the top of my list.
Recomended for any student of Biological sciences. During my
degree (Biochemistry & Mol. Biology), this was one of the best and
user-friendly of textbooks. Placed next to Stryer and Voet & Voet.
still relevant, it is begining to date and I would encourage the
do a revised edition covering the past twenty years.
Can be understood by nonscientists. This book is best
by aspiring biologist. Book lacks most current information concerning
i.e. Gene Cloning and the Human Genome Project. Overall is an
easy read that accurately covers many important concepts in genetics.
and a half stars)
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