Albert Einstein: A Life of Genius

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Albert Einstein was one of the most brilliant scientists who ever lived. The theories that he developed about time, light and gravity have changed how we look at the world and resulted in many new inventions. His famous equation, E=mc[superscript 2], has led to nuclear power, radiation therapy and more. Did you know that Einstein once said, "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." The first time Einstein took the entrance exam to the Institute of Technology in Zurich, he failed! ...
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Albert Einstein was one of the most brilliant scientists who ever lived. The theories that he developed about time, light and gravity have changed how we look at the world and resulted in many new inventions. His famous equation, E=mc[superscript 2], has led to nuclear power, radiation therapy and more. Did you know that Einstein once said, "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." The first time Einstein took the entrance exam to the Institute of Technology in Zurich, he failed! He was so absentminded that he once forgot where he lived. Although he was an advocate of world peace, his work led to the creation of the atom bomb. Research done after his death showed that his brain was only slightly different from an average man's. Meet Albert Einstein, one of history's great thinkers. Learn about his scientific theories and his full and fascinating life.
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Quill and Quire
MacLeod’s text is lively and direct, and she has a knack for making challenging terms like “theoretical physicist” and “electromagnetism” seem like child’s play.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-This biography of the 20th-century visionary is packed with information. Fifteen chapter spreads present a page of text opposite a page reserved for auxiliary information. Throughout, Einstein himself appears, in cartoon form, offering comments such as, "Sure, science is serious, but you can't be serious all the time." Some personal details are mentioned, but are not dwelled upon. Difficult times, such as fleeing Nazi Germany for America, are given more space. His concern about humanity is made clear. In addition to the cartoons, the book includes black-and-white archival photographs, large-print quotes, maps, drawings, and reproductions of pages of Einstein's writing and of newspaper headlines, often assembled in a collage. After reading this brief book, students will have greater insight into what made Einstein one of the greatest thinkers of all times.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
MacLeod (Lucy Maud Montgomery, 2001, etc.) covers a lot of ground in this brief biography of Albert Einstein: school, early career in a Swiss patent office, early days as a professor in Bern, becoming friends with Marie Curie, choosing work over family, WWII and the move to Princeton, New Jersey, and the post-war years as a citizen of the world. Einstein's General Theory of Relativity is described as "the first really new thing about the force of gravity since Newton's original ideas 250 years earlier," and the author does an excellent job of describing the theory for a young audience. Einstein's legacy is explained in clear, specific terms: the discovery of pulsars and black holes, the big bang theory, and the development of nuclear power, radiation therapy, lasers, fluorescent lights, and automatic doors. Beyond its exposition of Einstein's work, this is an ode to hard work, imagination, and creative thinking. Included are the difficult moral decisions of Einstein's life, especially the letter he wrote to FDR that led to the Manhattan project, which Einstein later called "the greatest mistake of my life." The lively mix of text, sidebars, photographs, newspaper excerpts, equations, and Einstein's handwritten notes adds up to a format inviting browsing and offering much information to closer readers. A cartoon of Albert on each spread presents additional information in speech bubbles and adds a touch of levity to what could have been a heavy text. Though no bibliography is included, John B. Severance's Einstein: Visionary Scientist would make a good companion. A useful addition to collections for young readers. (timeline, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)
Booklist
This introduction to the life of Einstein is as informative as it is appealing.
Science Books and Films
[This book provides a wonderful glimpse into the genius and charm of the beloved scientist, Albert Einstein. This is a story suitable for a wide range of student readers that illuminates not only biographical data about his life, but reveals to the reader the human side of this venerable icon of scientific knowledge.
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MacLeod’s text is lively and direct, and she has a knack for making challenging terms like “theoretical physicist” and “electromagnetism” seem like child’s play.

The lively mix of text, sidebars, photographs, newspaper excerpts, equations, and Einstein’s handwritten notes adds up to a format inviting browsing and offering much information to closer readers.

This introduction to the life of Einstein is as informative as it is appealing.

[This book] provides a wonderful glimpse into the genius and charm of the beloved scientist, Albert Einstein. This is a story suitable for a wide range of student readers that illuminates not only biographical data about his life, but reveals to the reader the human side of this venerable icon of scientific knowledge.

Albert Einstein: A Life of Genius is a superb juvenile biography that blends clear text with scrapbook like graphics. It will capture the imagination of elementary and middle school readers.

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Meet the Author

Elizabeth MacLeod has written many children's books, including nine titles in the Snapshots Biography series; numerous titles in the Kids Can Read, Kids Books Of and Kids Can Do It series; Why Do Horses Have Manes?; What Did Dinosaurs Eat?; and Monster Fliers. She lives in Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Meet Albert Einstein 4
Early thinking 6
Patent for success 8
Physics before Albert 10
Albert's miracle year 12
Professor Einstein 14
On the brink 16
It's all relative 18
World-famous scientist 20
Good-bye Germany 22
Atom bomb! 24
Last questions 26
Life and physics since Albert 28
Albert's life at a glance 30
Visit Albert 32
Index 32
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