Albert Einstein: The Jewish Man Behind the Theory

Albert Einstein: The Jewish Man Behind the Theory

by Devra Newberger Speregen
     
 
A young adult biography that focuses on Einstein as a great Jewish thinker and champion of Israel. In 2005, the world celebrated Albert Einstein’s annus mirabile, the miraculous year. It was the 100th anniversary of the publication of his five pioneering papers that led to revolutionary changes in our understanding of the properties of space and time. The

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A young adult biography that focuses on Einstein as a great Jewish thinker and champion of Israel. In 2005, the world celebrated Albert Einstein’s annus mirabile, the miraculous year. It was the 100th anniversary of the publication of his five pioneering papers that led to revolutionary changes in our understanding of the properties of space and time. The anniversary of the Einstein’s theory of relativity and the publication of his famous formula, e=mc2, presents JPS with an opportunity to educate a new generation of young readers about Einstein’s importance as a scientist and, more specifically, as a Jew. Speregen fully explores the fascinating story of Albert Einstein’s connection to his Jewish roots and the growth of his commitment to the creation of the State of Israel. She describes Einstein’s difficult early years as a student in Germany’s repressive school system and details his struggle to respond to his stubborn questioning nature and personal search for answers to some of the great questions of the universe. The author discusses how Einstein’s ties to his people grew as he witnessed the rise of anti-Semitism in the early 1900s and his relentless efforts to raise money and public awareness to promote the creation of the State of Israel. (In fact, he was even offered the presidency of Israel after the death of Chaim Weizman.)

Editorial Reviews

Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
"Among the numerous biographies of Einstein on library shelves, Speregen's book will stand out because of its focus on 'the Jewish man behind the theory.'"—Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
Children's Literature - Mary Bowman-Kruhm
This engagingly written biography follows Einstein's life from childhood to death. Speregen describes the role of religion in each stage of his life, even during stages in which Jewish culture was more important than Jewish religion. In fact, the author seems to have missed an opportunity to explain the difference between the two. This slim, 111- page book, written at an eleventh-grade reading level according to the Fry scale, will interest readers who want to know more about this humble, brilliant, highly ethical man who quietly changed the world. Anecdotes enliven the text; e.g., being so nonplussed at visiting the White House that he saw no reason to break his long-standing tradition of not wearing socks. Black-and-white photographs scattered throughout the book match text and each chapter begins with relevant Einstein quotes. Back matter includes a time line of Einstein's life, a brief description of important people in his life, an index, and references, both print and electronic. References are weighted toward children's books and one assumes they served as primary source material since footnotes are not provided, even for direct quotes. Better editing would have improved the final product. Poor punctuation, wayward phrases far from their antecedent, and excess words detract from the content.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780827608245
Publisher:
Jewish Publication Society
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Pages:
75
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 Years

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