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Bento Books, Inc.
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Translators and publishers of Japanese fiction and nonfiction books
Translators and publishers of Japanese fiction and nonfiction books

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New adventures in publishing! We've launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the Math Girls comic so that we can afford offset printing that retains the color pages. Lots of cool bonuses, so please take a minute to check it out!

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Video review of Math Girls from real-life "math girls" Joanne Manaster and her daughter!

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This is the cutest thing I have seen all week. Something about the earnest TeX typeset equations interspersed with little snippets of Japanese high school life is just super warm and fuzzy. Less than three indeed.

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Ah, Japan, continuing to amaze me. A light romance novel, in its 18th printing... about math, requiring roughly a sophomore level of college math to read.

I'll admit that I got hooked after the sample chapter (http://bentobooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Math-Girls-Sample.pdf ) and had to order it :-)

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From the article "... mathematics-themed young adult novel (!) by Japanese author Hiroshi Yuki. Math Girls combines “the rigor of a mathematics text with the drama of teenage romance.


I’d never heard of Math Girls before I saw that press release, but apparently it’s a cultural phenomenon in Japan, where it’s gone through eighteen printings, three sequels, comic book adaptations, and fan-created music videos. (video link in article) You should watch it, just because it’s the only Japanese pop video you will ever see that features a generating function.)

Bento Books describes the novel:
Math Girls introduces readers to a wide range of subjects, from the Fibonacci series and prime numbers, to more advanced topics like generating functions, integer partitions, and Taylor expansions. Also covered are fundamentals of higher math, such as how to name variables, strategies for tackling complex problems, and the importance of precision in mathematical language. Alongside this heady content is the story of the book’s narrator, one vertex in a love triangle with the “math girls,” the brilliant Miruka and the determined Tetra."

via +Adrienne Roehrich

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Math Girls got a mention from the Chronicle of Higher Education / Casting Out Nines math blog!

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We've released Math Girls! Follow the link to see current purchasing options (online via Create Space, or as an iPad app in the App Store). Coming soon: amazon.com, bn.com, and more.

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We've also created a Math Girls page for items related to that title (though there may be some duplication for a time...)
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