Genius: A Photobiography of Albert Einstein

Genius: A Photobiography of Albert Einstein

Genius: A Photobiography of Albert Einstein
National Geographic Children’s Books, March 2005
ISBN 978-0792295440 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-1426302947 (paperback)

From the jacket copy:
Albert Einstein is best known for his brain power. While still a young man, he formulated theories that laid the foundation for nuclear energy, laser technology, televisions, and computer chips. His ideas also changed forever the way we think about space and time…

But Einstein’s heart was as large as his famous brain. His love for humanity equaled his fascination with the universe. His flyaway hair, his rumpled clothes and lack of socks, and his gentle eccentricities charmed most of the public, who treated him as the world’s first celebrity scientist. His deeply held beliefs on justice, personal freedom, pacifism, and opposition to tyranny prompted him to speak out against Adolf Hitler and Joseph McCarthy and to speak up for Jewish refugees and civil rights leaders.

Marfé Ferguson Delano brings us a compelling portrait of this scientist with the big heart and the big brain.

Reviews and awards:
"We’ll see many books about Einstein. This one is sure to be among the best."—Booklist, starred review

"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."—School Library Journal, starred review

"It is the clear expository text, making the science understandable for young readers, that is notable."—Horn Book Magazine

"This introductory portrait…does a good job of explaining how those abstruse papers by a 26-year-old employee of the Swiss Patent Office would revolutionize daily life in the century ahead."—Washington Post Book World

"A perfect introduction for adults who want to know more about Einstein."—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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