To introduce more mathematics into comic books, artist Jason Shiga has developed a paper calculator.
It’s an excellent idea in itself, and luckily, Numberphile made a video explaining how the device works.
Essentially, Shiga’s paper calculator utilizes a simple binary system of 0s and 1s, in addition to a myriad of tubes to execute simple calculations.
For example, the reader/user must decide between 0 or 1 by flipping over a flap, which in turn connects or blocks certain pathways later on in the maze of tubes.
It is a bit difficult to explain without watching the video beforehand, but adding 1+1 results in 1-0, or the binary code for 2.
Get the drift?
The video below does a much better job explaining the paper calculator which will certainly be a welcome addition to comic books.