At its most basic, philosophy is about learning how to think about the world around us. It should come as no surprise, then, that children make excellent philosophers! Naturally inquisitive, pint-size scholars need little prompting before being willing to consider life’s “big questions,” however strange or impractical. Plato & Co. introduces children—and curious grown-ups—to the lives and work of famous philosophers, from Socrates to Descartes, Einstein, Marx, and Wittgenstein. Each book in the series features an engaging—and often funny—story that presents basic tenets of philosophical thought alongside vibrant color illustrations.
In Albert Einstein’s Flashes of Inspiration, the young Albert Einstein has a very important job: he must deliver electricity to the big Oktoberfest celebration in Munich. As he hurries from one merry-go-round to another, nothing seems to be going as planned. With his sister, Maja, Heinrich the dog, and Niels Bohr, a qualified dwarf-thrower, can he win a battle against the laws of the universe? The key just may lie in the question of whether a dumpling can fly faster than light?
About the Author
Frédéric Morlot was a juggler as a child and dreamt of becoming an illusionist. Alas, he is today a mathematician at the École Polytechnique, Paris.
Anne-Margot Ramstein is a French artist and illustrator whose work has appeared in Le Monde, among other publications.
Anna Street is the translator for Plato & Co. She holds a PhD from the Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) and the University of Kent in Canterbury.