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Children's LiteratureEveryone's heard about Albert Einstein and his famous formula of relativity. Certainly, his name and picture are instantly recognizable. But what about the person? How did he grow up to be inspired by physics? Who were his family and friends? How did he handle being more famous than some sports figures or movie stars? Whom did he admire? This thoughtful, well researched and finely written biography introduces an Einstein young readers—or adults—may not know: the boy who barley passed school subjects that bored him, the caring father, the passionate violinist, the pacifist who must face the dilemma of whether war or Hitler's Fascism was the lesser evil. Photo illustrations are breathtaking, often sepia-toned, with photographs of the man against a background of important documents that defined his life—his hand-written notes, his school-leaving certificate, his American citizenship document. Most poignant is the photograph, taken at the time of his death, of his cluttered desk and office. This is an important book about the person whom Time magazine named the most important scientist of the twentieth century, the man who said, "Imagination is more important then knowledge. Knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world." A chronology, extensive resources list and index are included. This is a must-have for private, classroom, school and public libraries. 2005, The National Geographic Society, Ages 12 up.