Taylor Oltman's "Galileo's Telescope"

On page 56 of Unflattening, Nick Sousanis builds on Descartes' Discourse on Method (1637). As Sousanis explains in his notes, "The moon and telescope belong to Galileo, who is never mentioned in the text but has his fingerprints all over it." Sousanis continues that Adam Gopnick's "Moon Man: What Galileo Saw" (2013) "helped inform both the imagery and the integration of reason and integration that closes the page." (p. 163).

Taylor Oltman created "Galileo's Telescope" that built on this issue of how perception was changed by Galileo's telescope. Taylor graphically depicted this change between panel one and two which are identical except for the added details of Jupiter; details that came into focus because of the telescope.

Taylor's "Galileo's Telescope" is an example of how perception can change as a result of how new ideas can alter our way of perceiving the world. While working on her comic, Taylor read Katie Coffey's "Buddha vs. Mara" in which Coffey incorporated photographs. This gave Taylor the idea of incorporating photographs into her comic such as the details of Jupiter in panel two and the moons of Jupiter in panel four.

Although Taylor was influenced by Coffey, she did not pattern her comic after "Buddha vs. Mara." Nor was the influence part of the type of coffee house discussion—as mentioned by Matthew Murphy in his "Once Upon a Coffee Bean"—such as those that take place in classroom discussion. Like Galileo influenced Descartes and Descartes influenced others, Coffey influenced Taylor who will influence others.