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4.0 out of 5 stars Relatively fabulous!, 25 May 2011
This review is from: The Manga Guide to Relativity (Paperback)
Wow! This is a booked that's really packed to the gills whether you are looking for information or fabulously clichéd manga tropes. Over the top malevolently evil though strangely androgynous headmaster - check. Noble leader of the student body who takes on the headmaster - check. Gratuitous bikini wearing- check. Right now we've covered (some) of the manga-isms on to the relativity part. Once again things are impressively packed in here too. Einstein is introduced on page 25 of the first chapter and by that time you will have met the concepts of general and special relativity; inertial and non inertial frames of reference; the relationship of mass, space, time and gravity; the Galilean principle of relativity; the law of inertia; Newton's laws of motion; Maxwell's equations; ether and the co-ordinate system. Thankfully the rest of the book is slightly less full on. There are four chapters to the book, but they are fairly arbitrary given that they all address a single topic. We have an introduction to relativity, time dilation effects, mass and length changes with speed and round up on general relativity.

Each chapter follows the now standard "manga guide" format of an animated story to introduce the concepts backed by a set of more formal notes which clarify and expand on those concepts.

This is the third of the manga guide series that I've read and most certainly the most conceptually complex of the three but it still manages to maintain and lightness of tone and clean, clear writing style which has characterised the rest of the series. While my physics is far too many years ago I still found this book a readable and understandable to relativity.
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