1089 and All That


David Acheson

The Cartoons

My book 1089 and All That is about mathematics, but it contains a number of world-class cartoons, and some readers may well be interested in a little information about the cartoonists themselves:

Steve Bell is an award-winning cartoonist with The Guardian . He is perhaps best known for his "IF..." cartoon strip, and two of the penguins which occasionally appear there have strayed onto the cover of 1089 and All That. (See also page 152.)

Glen Baxter is well known for his surrealistic and absurdly-captioned cartoons, often drawn in a style which harks back to illustrated children's books from the 1930s. (Page 4.)

Ronald Searle (1920-2011) was one of the world's most distinguished - and distinctive - illustrators. I know him best for his Molesworth and St Trinian's books, first published in the 1950s, but these represent only a tiny part of his illustrative work. (Page 30.)

Sidney Harris is the world's leading 'scientific' cartoonist. I like best the ones involving mathematicians at the blackboard, and there are four good examples on pages 24, 59, 109 and 127.

Carl Giles (1916-1995) was the Daily Express cartoonist for more years than I can remember. He is best known for his suburban 'family', including the redoubtable 'Grandma', but the four cartoons I use in my book have a slightly different flavour. (Pages 29, 113, 139, 166.)

Mel Calman (1931-1994) was a master exponent of the 'pocket' cartoon. These usually featured a sparsely-drawn 'little man' character, who can be seen, looking rather worried as usual, on page 135.