San Francisco, CA, April 12, 2011—The acclaimed Manga Guide series from No Starch Press returns with its most mind-boggling subject yet: a cartoon guide to Einstein's theory of relativity. Hailed by critics as "stimulation for the next generation of scientists" and "a great fit of form and subject," each Manga Guide teaches science and mathematics using original Japanese comic illustration. Readers learn difficult subjects almost effortlessly as they progress through each story, without the drudgery of a dry textbook.
With The Manga Guide to Relativity (April 2011, 192 pp., illustrated, $19.95, ISBN 9781593272722), readers master some of modern physics' most profound insights, like unified space-time and the equivalence principle. They see how relativity affects modern astronomy, and discover why GPS systems and other everyday technologies depend on Einstein's extraordinary discovery. Best of all, the cartoon story makes a difficult subject fun: Readers learn alongside the book's main character, Minagi, as his plucky teacher Miss Uraga explains the counterintuitive laws that shape our universe.
"Relativity theory really captures people's imaginations," said No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock. "Who isn't intrigued by time dilation and the effects of near light-speed travel? Like all the Manga Guides, The Manga Guide to Relativity draws readers into a difficult subject using a lighthearted and engaging story. Whether it's kids or adults, teachers or students, physicists or manga fans—anyone interested in Einstein's work is sure to have a blast reading this book."
In The Manga Guide to Relativity, readers learn 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 why length contracts and mass increases at relativistic speeds
- Grasp the underpinnings of Einstein's special and general theories of relativity
Co-published with scientific and technical publisher Ohmsha of Tokyo, Japan, The Manga Guide to Relativity is an engaging romp through some of the most revolutionary ideas in the history of science.