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The Manga Guide to the Universe

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  • Posted January 23, 2015

    A cute story that does a very good job of explaining astronomy.

    This book, in a roundabout way, explains most of the concepts of astronomy in a way that even novices can understand. It starts with the discovery of the nature of the solar system, and then goes on to cover the properties of stars, galaxies, and the expanding universe. It even covers UFOs and the possibility of alien life. I even found some information in this book that is not in astronomy textbooks.

    There are some references to Japanese culture that are unfamiliar to people in other cultures (e.g. the Golden Demon, the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, and the scary flashlight face), but they can be ignored. The story makes plenty of sense without knowledge of these elements, and they do not interfere with the presentation of the facts.

    A surprise at the end was a photo gallery of many wonderful sights in the universe.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Excellent edutainment!

    The Manga Guide to the Universe follows the story of two Asian girls and an American girl who are going to be in a school play to save the drama club. After hearing the ancient story of the Bamboo Cutter and his adopted daughter who has to return to the Moon, they are inspired to write a play about the universe. In order to produce a successful play, they seek out a college Professor as an opportunity to learn more about astronomy. From him they learn the ancient myths about the origin of the universe, as well as the different theories of the geocentric model. They also find out how Galileo discovered (with telescopes he built himself) the satellites of Jupiter and the phases of Venus. They learn lots of facts like: Galaxies are islands of Light in the void of space, the Big Bang and the Hubble theory, and the Theory of the Multiverse, a compelling possibility that our universe is just one of many universes. There are also many Q and A like: "Why can we see the Milky Way?" and "How Big is the Solar System?" Their final play asks the ultimate question of, "What is at the edge of the universe?" and they take a trip in a space ship to find out the interesting answer as their drama club excels. In addition to the manga story, The Manga Guide to the Universe also includes more detailed sections with diagrams and explanations. I found it very interesting to have the chance to look beyond myself and gain more understanding about the universe. Plus, reading it in a manga format made it all the more engaging. My daughter immediately started reading it and loved the story aspect, as well as the new addition of color photos. I highly recommend The Manga Guide to the Universeand the whole Manga Guide series to any student, teacher or homeschooling family as a way to make complex topics simpler and much more enjoyable to learn about.

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