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The Manga Guide to Physics
by Hideo Nitta

The Manga Guides are in a Japanese comic book format featuring drawings of expressive young people as they have adventures. The comic book storyline teaches the concepts of the topic. There are additional pages mixed in when necessary that go deeper.

In The Manga Guide to Physics

Manga Guides

The comic book story is about Megumi's inability to concentrate on her tennis game after doing poorly on her physics test. Geeky Ryota has a crush on Megumi and is more than happy to teach her. The storyline and illustrations help demonstrate the principles.

For example, Megumi learns about the Law of Action and Reaction when the two don roller blades and they both roll away when one pushes the other. She learns how the force on the ball from the racket is equal to the force of the racket on the ball. Pure classical mechanics.

The Manga Guides are obviously directed at a specific audience and won't be for everyone. But if you need a refresher or an overview presented in an easy-reading Manga comic book format, these are terrific.

While a "comic book" it is normal book size and has 232 pages. The author is a physics prof and the science is accurate.

Sample page from Manga Guide to Physics

There are a growing number of other Manga Guides available (check out www. including a nice book about databases that has a stressed out Princess learning to write SQL statements.

Great Lakes Geek Rating: 3.5 out of 5 pocket protectors.

Reviewed by Entreprenerd Dan Hanson, the Great Lakes Geek

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