We understand that re-reading old college physics and calculus texts may not be everyone's idea of fun reading, but we sometimes like to refresh ourselves on some of the things we have forgotten...or never really learned. Maybe the reason why we find reading these subjects enjoyable now is because we are not trying to memorize everything we are reading. Maybe it's because we don't have a test in an hour and haven't not done any of the reading until now. Whatever the reason, it's actually an enjoyable way to chew up some of RainyDay leisure time.
A few months ago, we discovered the Manga Series from No Starch Press. The series is a collection of books on tech-y topics (electricity, physics, etc...) written in the style of Japanese comics. These are fascinating subjects when engagingly presented. The light-hearted approach is perfect for some of the traditionally drier topics (databases, statistics).
The comic-book approach to teaching math and science is by no means new. We have a few other ones on our library shelves. The common thread in the approach is that math and science are not just formulae and equations, but are lively and dynamic topics, which when understood, gives us a better understanding and a richer appreciation of the world around us.
So, whether you are a DarkAngel fan trying to understand the science of transgenics, a PartyPoker.com hopeful with a need to understand the odds of your card showing up on the turn, you will find that reading comics can be fun, entertaining, and may even give you an edge! If not, you still may learn something useful. [Permalink] - High Tech Comics