Albert Einstein: The Jewish Man Behind the Theory

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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 ...
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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.)
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827608245
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Pages: 75
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1 The Einsteins 1
Chapter 2 A Child Genius? 9
Chapter 3 Leaving Germany 19
Chapter 4 From Professor to Patents 29
Chapter 5 E=mc[superscript 2] 37
Chapter 6 The Papers 43
Chapter 7 Returning to Germany 53
Chapter 8 The Eclipse That Proved It All 63
Chapter 9 Fame and Fortune 67
Chapter 10 Anti-Semitism at Home 79
Chapter 11 The Philanthropist 85
Chapter 12 Einstein at Princeton 95
Chapter 13 The End 99
The Einstein Papers 105
Einstein's Brain 108
People of Note in Albert Einstein's Life 111
A Timeline of Albert Einstein's Life 113
References 117
Index 119
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