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The Manga Guide to Calculus (2009)
Hiroyuki Kojima

This book attempts to teach calculus concepts and convey their importance to everyday life through the fictional story of a rookie newspaper reporter. She does not initially expect math to be an important part of her job at the Asagake Times, but her boss sees things differently, and he aims to train her to see things mathematically.

Like many of the didactic works listed in this database, this one is not really plot driven. The story just exists to motivate the reader to learn some math. But, some people (especially those already inclined to like manga), seem to find this to be an entertaining and effective way to learn a little bit about calculus.

I suppose it was probably originally published in Japanese, and probably prior to 2009, but I only know of this English edition. Thanks to Zin Li for writing to suggest that I add this book to my database.

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MotifMath as Beautiful/Exciting/Useful,
MediumGraphic Novel/Comic Book/Manga,

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