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The Manga Guide to Electricity Paperback – March 21, 2009
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About the Author
Kazuhiro Fujitaki is a lecturer at the Tokyo Metropolitan Vocational Skills Development Center. He has written a number of books on electrical engineering and runs a website offering useful information about Japan's qualifying examinations for electrical technicians.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book starts with an overview of the physical nature of electricity, a description of positive and negative charge, and the units used to measure electricity including the difference between current flow (amperage) and current force (volts). It introduces electricity in the many forms we use and experience daily, including static electricity, direct current as found in flashlights, and electrical circuits such as one finds in buildings. It introduces Ohm's law, the basic relationship between current flow, current force, and the resistance of the electrical conductor.
It then proceeds to discuss many other practical topics including the relationship between current, resistance, and heat generation, and how electricity generates magnetic fields. Fleming's right- and left-hand rules are described. Basic components of circuits found in devices such as MP3 players or televisions are presented. These include coils, capacitors, and solid state devices such as diodes, transistors, temperature and optical sensors.
There is a six page index. There are no problems to solve in the book, it has no significant math. One of the strengths of the series that while the basic concepts are introduced through the story told via the cartoons, additional information of a more detailed nature is available at the end of each chapter. This provides an opportunity for the reader who is interested in further study on a topic. e.g.Read more ›
The book looked like a fun way to introduce the topic to a new generation. Guess what? I think it is. It was originally drawn and written in Japan a few years ago and was only recently translated into English. The story line is okay, but it won't rank up there with Watchmen and the like. This isn't a graphic novel. However, it is interesting enough to make a subject that can sometimes be difficult to absorb for new learners more accessible.
The book begins with the assumption of no real background in electricity or electronics. It then builds up to a pretty solid foundation in basic theory and gives a clear understanding of how electricity works and can be created, influenced, and corralled by an engineer or circuit designer to do specific tasks. The book doesn't teach actual circuit design, but it does give a very clear introduction to very important concepts and components including voltage, potential, current, resistance, Ohm's Law, capacitance, batteries, magnetism, diodes, rectification, motors, both alternating and direct current, and even the main types of electricity generation in use.
Each chapter starts with a part of a graphic tale that introduces specific concepts for that chapter in a clear and fun manner.Read more ›
When my nine-year-old son began asking thoughtful questions about electricity and electronics I wanted to sneak a good introductory book on the subject into his reading pile, something that might answer some of his questions ("Where does electricity come from?", "How does electricity work?", "Is electricity really like water?", "How does electricity make light?"). I ordered this book based on the reviews, expecting something like the Cartoon Guide to Physics with a youth savvy Japanese bent.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a nice alternate source of information for electricity. This is one of several Manga Guides that we have purchased for our teen. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JB knows
This book starts off with a sexist premise that I think is not appropriate for young girls trying to get excited about science. Read morePublished 4 months ago by 33 year old lawyer
Awesomely explained the basics, very suitable for kids who wants to explore electricity from their basics.Published 7 months ago by Ramya Ramamoorthy
This is an amazing guide for anyone wanting to understand the basics of electricity. I'm sure I never would have understood this material from a regular textbook, and I certainly... Read morePublished 11 months ago by rooksher
Outstanding and easy to understand. A great easy resource for a future E.E. or C.E or even a hobbyist. Teaches the fundamentals of electricity without too much math.Published 12 months ago by That Guy