Did you know Albert Einstein's brain was used for research? Did you know Einstein was Jewish, had dropped out of high school, and had an offer to become president of Israel? These are just a few facts that can be found in this biography. Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany in the late 1800's. Einstein spoke out against the Nazi government and became a professor in the United States to stay safe. Perhaps Einstein is best known for the equation E = mc2. In 1921, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. The table of contents guides the reader to different aspects of Einstein's life: early years, new challenges, war in Germany, and the later years. Aside from the twelve chapters, there is also a useful index of information categorized by subject. The layout is crisp and clean with pictures and captions throughout. There are several short, descriptive anecdotes within some of the pages that give rich insight into Einstein such as his first love, his love for music, and a funny issue with a paper clip. The information located in this book is invaluable, especially for those researching Einstein. There is a wealth of information included in this well organized, easy to read book. 2005, Franklin Watts/Scholastic Inc, Ages 10 up.
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Gr 5-8-A clear, chronological look at Einstein's life and contributions with respect to gravity, energy, matter, light, and time. Lassieur describes her subject's family, difficulties in school, problems finding jobs, and recognition as a great scientist. Three chapters discuss his scientific theories and a fourth is devoted to the experimental support by other scientists that resulted in the physicist's international fame. The author uses many examples, including the development of the atomic bomb and nuclear energy, to show how the theories were later applied. She also discusses historical developments that affected Einstein's personal and professional decisions: the rise of German militarism and Nazism and his Jewish background influenced his pacifism and his decision to join the Zionist movement and to leave Germany for asylum in the U.S. Photo captions and sidebars provide further insights into this Noble Prize winner. Similar information for this age group can be found in John B. Severance's Einstein: Visionary Scientist (Clarion, 1999) and Fiona Macdonald's Albert Einstein: Genius Behind the Theory of Relativity (Blackbirch, 2000).-Ann Joslin, formerly at Erie County Public Library, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.