Comics can be a great way to get kids interested in reading and science. Therefore, Larry Gonick’s “The Cartoon Guide to Physics” would make a fun and educational gift for your child or anyone curious about physics.
While it won’t replace kids’ textbooks, this cartoon guide will get you involved in some serious physics concepts, from electricity and magnetism to Einstein’s theory of relativity and more. And you can get a copy for 35% discount at Amazon for Black Friday. The black and white comics take the reader into the story of two main characters: Lucy, an astronaut, and her accident-prone sidekick Ringo. Good old Galileo shows up too, as he wonders if a spring would fall slower than a brick in a vacuum. Surprisingly, as you may know, he discovers that everything – regardless of mass – falls with the same acceleration.
The funny illustrations and crazy stories should keep any scientist or non-scientist engaged. According to the book’s cover, “If you think a negative charge is something that shows up on your credit card bill — if you imagine Ohm’s law dictates how long you should meditate — if you believe Newtonian mechanics will fix your car, you need The Cartoon Guide to Physics to set you on the right path.” Plus, at your next holiday party, do you have plenty of interesting ideas to make your presence, say, magnetic?
More scientific comics
If you get through The Cartoon Guide to Physics with flying colors, keep that party train going and check out other Larry Gonick books, such as “The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part 1: From Columbus to the US Constitution(also 30% off at Amazon) where you get a fun look at everything that has shaped the world over the past 500 years, including the Industrial Revolution, the American Revolution, the Russian Revolution, the evolution of scientific thought, Communism, Fascism , Nazism, the cold war, globalization and more.
You can also look at “The cartoon guide to biology,” where Gonick, along with biologist Dave Wessner, reveals a hilarious take on the science of life.