One for You and One for Me: Albert Einstein

~posted by Ruth

Cool--EinsteinWhen you hear the name Albert Einstein, the thoughts that come to mind are likely composed of  images of a white-haired scientist, renown for being the  most important physicist in the 20th century, developer of the theory of relativity.  And yes, this is all true.  But there’s so much more to love about him!  Our family has always been fascinated by his life story, his bravery and courageousness in the face of racism and war–and for his overall humanity, not to mention his love of music and his quirky and brilliant sense of humor.   Why not educate yourself about his incredible man’s life–and introduce him to the kids in your life at the same time?  Here’s a pair of books to dig into this summer that will allow you to do just that!

On-a-Beamof-LightOn a Beam of Light:  A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky

Just out in April, this lovely picture book has an inspirational quality to it that suits the subject of the life story and achievements of Albert Einstein.  Readers learn of the curiosity and imagination that guided him all his life.  The graceful writing also celebrates the power of accepting wonder as a natural state.  It’s a moving tribute to science, deep thought,  and the deep mystery of the universe.  This beautifully designed book serves as a terrific introduction to the life of Einstein.


EinsteinEinstein:  His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson

Who better to write a sweeping biography that covers both Einstein’s personal, scientific, and political life than the master of the genre, Walter Isaacson?  Like all his work, this bio is meticulous in its research, including newly released letters, which lead to insights that are fascinating.  We meet the young Einstein-brash, egotistical, and yes–a bit obnoxious.  We also meet the deeply conflicted man who regretted his work on the atomic bomb.  We learn the inside scoop on his relationships with the women in his life, his educational struggles and triumphs, his international work, and more. . .Isaacson does an admirable job of explaining some of the key concepts of Einstein’s theories–a must to understand the genius’s great mind.  This biography shows how Albert Einstein’s scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom.



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