April 2011, 192 pp.
Everything’s gone screwy at Tagai Academy. When the headmaster forces Minagi’s entire class to study Einstein’s theory of relativity over summer school, Minagi volunteers to go in their place. There’s just one problem: He’s never even heard of relativity before! Luckily, Minagi has the plucky Miss Uraga to teach him.
Follow along with The Manga Guide to Relativity as Minagi learns about the non-intuitive laws that shape our universe. Before you know it, you’ll master difficult concepts like inertial frames of reference, unified spacetime, and the equivalence principle. You’ll see how relativity affects modern astronomy and discover why GPS systems and other everyday technologies depend on Einstein’s extraordinary discovery.
The Manga Guide to Relativity also teaches you how to:
If the idea of bending space and time really warps your brain, let The Manga Guide to Relativity straighten things out.
About the Author
Masafumi Yamamoto earned his PhD in Applied Physics from the Graduate School of Engineering at Hokkaido University. His numerous publications include books on physics, electromagnetism, and lasers.
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"A clever blend that makes relativity easier to think about—even if you're no Einstein."
"A fairly comprehensive look at the subject of relativity, with most of the major topics covered. At the end of the book, the reader should have a fairly good grasp of the science of relativity."
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"If you were at all interested in the weird world of relativity, but thought you could not understand the concepts, try this book. Its unique approach can help you understand."
"I was really impressed how the concepts of relativity are explained with clarity. You really can learn more about a topic like relativity with a comic book like this."
"I would say the book is a success and recommend it without reservation."
"Those who are interested in learning and want a foundation from which to launch further studies will be well served by this book."