The Manga Guide To Relativity by Hideo Nitta, Masafumi Yamamoto, and Keita Takatsu is a surprisingly good read. I honestly was not expecting much in the way of depth on a scientific subject from a manga, but I was pleasantly surprised by this book. If you enjoy manga and science, this is definitely a book you will enjoy reading.
The scientific information is spot on with excellent examples and the proper amount of depth to give you a good understanding of relativity. The book also does a nice job of detailing some of the history and people involved in the formulation of the theory of relativity. There are full pages of text interspersed throughout to help better explain concepts and principles. Although these can be a bit distracting from the flow of the manga, I see no other way the authors could have presented some of the deeper information. All in all, the full text pages add value to the overall book.
The artwork is well done in a traditional manga style. It definitely feels that the authors and illustrators knew that the artwork was as critical to the presentation of the subject matter as the scientific correctness. The pages are pleasant to look at and convey the material very well.
If you are looking for a book that takes a very serious subject and makes is a little less dry to read, then The Manga Guide To Relativity is for you. In a mere 196 pages, you will have a reasonable understanding of the principles of relativity while probably not nodding off during the entire read.
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