Edu-Manga, welcome to America. This uniquely Japanese twist on education pairs the normal lessons one would find in a technical book with a manga graphic novel format. Of course it’s more than just raw information presented as a comic. There’s a plot!
In The Manga Guide to Statistics, our heroine Rui is determined to learn about statistics to impress the dreamy Mr. Igarashi and begs her father for a tutor. Soon she’s spending her Saturdays with geeky, bespectacled Mr. Yamamoto, who patiently teaches her all about the fundamentals of statistics: topics like data categorization, averages, graphing, and standard deviation.
After all her studying, Rui is confident in her knowledge of statistics, including complex concepts like probability, coefficients of correlation, hypothesis tests, and tests of independence. But is it enough to impress her dream guy? Or maybe there’s someone better, right in front of her?
Following up The Manga Guide to Statistics is The Manga Guide to Databases, due out in December, and one teaching calculus (March ’09). Further titles include physics, molecular biology, electricty and relativity, to be published by No Starch through the end of 2009.