Genius: A Photobiography of Albert Einstein

Genius: A Photobiography of Albert Einstein

by Marfe Ferguson Delano, Evelyn Einstein
     
 

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Written for young adult readers, this biography of Einstein includes basic summaries of some of his most famous scientific theories along with the story of his life and career. B&w photos of Einstein taken throughout his life illustrate the volume, which is oversize: 9.25x11.25". Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Written for young adult readers, this biography of Einstein includes basic summaries of some of his most famous scientific theories along with the story of his life and career. B&w photos of Einstein taken throughout his life illustrate the volume, which is oversize: 9.25x11.25". Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Everyone'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.
—Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-While the myriad photographs are fascinating, the bigger draw here is the wonderfully simple explanations of some of Einstein's theories. For example, in clarifying the physicist's quantum theory of light, Delano says, "Simply put, Einstein showed that photons in the light beam knock the electrons out of metal." And, to make the concept of spacetime easier to understand, she asks readers to contemplate spacetime as a trampoline with a bowling ball resting on it. This visual perception helps to make the theory understandable for all students. The black-and-white and sepia photographs follow Einstein from boyhood to old age and show him in a variety of settings: at the blackboard, delivering a speech, taking the oath of U.S. citizenship, in his Princeton home with children who survived the Holocaust, and so on. Many have appeared elsewhere. Cartoon illustrations add to the clarity of the very readable text. Personal thoughts and feelings abound. To make Einstein human to the audience, his mistakes are mentioned, as well as his celebrity. Complete quote sources are appended. An introduction by Evelyn Einstein, the scientist's granddaughter, is included. This entertaining effort displays clarity and intelligence. It has plenty of information for reports and is also a good choice for browsing.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A necessarily brief introduction covers the main points gracefully, with the help of careful design. No 64-page biography can hope for completion, so Delano wisely opts to focus on the man, not on the theorems, although both relativity and the concept of spacetime are explained clearly enough for readers unfamiliar with the concepts. Where this effort really shines, however, is in its humane exploration of Einstein's growth as a thinker and what he did with his fame. From his early childhood, when he was reportedly disappointed that his new baby sister didn't come with wheels, to his difficulties with regimented German educational methods, to his young adulthood spent struggling to focus on science, the genius comes alive as a human being. The foundation laid, the narrative's discussion of Einstein's scientific thinking, his pacifism and growing interest in Judaism and his peregrinations proceeds with ease. The meticulous design, which features archival photographs (frequently set against reproductions of key documents) and quotations from Einstein set in a spiky display type, further acts to bring the subject intimately to life. (notes, bibliography, web sites) (Biography. 10-14)
From the Publisher
"While the myriad photographs are fascinating, the bigger draw here is the wonderfully simple explanations of some of Einstein's theories...This entertaining effort displays clarity and intelligence. It has plenty of information for reports and is also a good choice for browsing."—starred review, School Library Journal

"There are plenty of books about Einstein, but this one combines a solid text with a particularly attractive format."—starred review, Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792295440
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
02/01/2005
Series:
Photobiographies Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
769,367
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 11.13(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1030L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 Years

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