Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Manga Guide to Physics-New from No Starch Press: An Illustrated, Cartoon Guide to Physics


( - San Francisco, CA, May 28, 2009—Megumi, the heroine of The Manga Guide to Physics ( No Starch Press, May 2009, 248 pp, ISBN 9781593271961 ), is an all-star athlete, but she's a failure when it comes to physics class. And she can't concentrate on her tennis matches when she's worried about the questions she missed on the big test! Luckily for her, she befriends Ryota, a patient physics geek who uses real-world examples to help her understand classical mechanics—the foundation of physics.

Readers of this charming cartoon guide learn alongside Megumi as Ryota explains difficult concepts like momentum and impulse, parabolic motion, and the relationship between force, mass, and acceleration—all while using everyday objects like roller skates, slingshots, braking cars, and tennis balls.

The Manga Guide to Physics teaches readers how to:

Apply Newton's three laws of motion to real-life problems
Determine how objects will move after a collision
Draw vector diagrams and simplify complex problems using trigonometry
Calculate how an object's kinetic energy changes as its potential energy increases
"The Manga Guides prove that readers can grasp difficult scientific and mathematical topics with just a little helping of comics, narrative, and metaphor," said No Starch Press Founder Bill Pollock. "By easing the stress of learning with an interesting story, The Manga Guide to Physics ensures that readers stick with it—they care about Megumi's struggles in both physics and in tennis. The illustrated approach makes certain that readers immediately understand Ryota's examples and literally see how physics works."

Co-published with scientific and technical publisher Ohmsha, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, The Manga Guide to Physics makes learning about physics fun. Studying physics will never be the same again!

For more information or to request a review copy of The Manga Guide to Physics, contact Travis Peterson at No Starch Press (, +1.415.863.9900, x300 ), or visit

About 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 ).

Praise for Other Books in the Manga Guide Series:
"Presents statistics as something fun, and something enlightening."

"The most enjoyable tech book I've ever read."

"A fun and fairly painless lesson on what many consider to be a less-than-thrilling subject."

"A solid book and I wish there were more like it in the IT world."

"Way better than trying to comprehend a bland statistics book."

"A perfect addition to a homeschool curriculum...great for anyone wanting an introduction or a refresher on statistics."

"A light, impressively non-oppressive read, especially considering the technical nature of its subject."

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