The Manga Guide to Relativity

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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 ...

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Overview

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:

  • Understand and use E = mc2, the world's most famous equation
  • Calculate the effects of time dilation using the Pythagorean theorem
  • Understand classic thought experiments like the Twin Paradox, and see why length contracts and mass increases at relativistic speeds
  • Grasp the underpinnings of Einstein's special and general theories of relativity

If the idea of bending space and time really warps your brain, let The Manga Guide to Relativity straighten things out.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593272722
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 4/22/2011
  • Series: Manga Guide to Science Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 689,016
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Hideo Nitta, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Physics at Tokyo Gakugei University. He has had many papers and books published by Japanese and overseas publishers on subjects including quantum dynamics and radiation physics. He also has a strong interest in physics education. He is a member of the International Commission on Physics Education (ICPE), which is a commission of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP).

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.

Trend Pro, Inc. is a pioneer of Ad-Manga—advertisement and advertising using Manga—in Japan. The company has produced over 1,700 Ad-Manga for over 700 clients, including many well-known public companies and government agencies. The company has over 100 registered professional Manga artists.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Fun way to learn about Relativity!

    It's summertime here in the North Hemisphere, and that means a break from school work -- but not for Minagi, who has to turn in a report on Relativity before the summer ends. When the headmaster of the school tries to give everyone an assignment over summer vacation, Minagi protests that it is unfair, and so she gives the assignment to just him, instead, letting his fellow students off the hook. Luckily, his pretty physics teacher Alisa Uraga volunteers to help him get ready for his report.

    And from there, they jump right in. The complexities of Relativity -- including its discovery, special and general relativity, the constant speed of light (no matter where you are, or how fast you are going), the variability of time, mass, and space, and much more -- are covered in a quick, fast-moving and easy-to-understand way. In-depth chapter summaries take you into the ramifications of what you've just covered.

    Turning to the Japanese version of the Rumpelstiltskin folk tale, a rocket ship and space station, a "Transmorpher" superhero, and a curious series of interruptions from a pretty girl and an oddly talking dog, help them along their painless and fascinating journey into (what were once) the mysteries of Relativity. Plus, every once in a while, manga series like to take a detour from the will-they-won't-they romantic storylines to just relax at the pool or beach, and this is that kind of story. So, this Summer you can take The Manga Guide to Relativity with you on your vacation, and have fun reading, and learning, as you ponder the surprising truths of relativity!

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