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Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities and Thought Experiments (For Kids)

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2013 VOYA Nonfiction Honor List Selection

Best known for his general theory of relativity and the famous equation linking mass and energy, E = mc², Albert Einstein had a lasting impact on the world of science, the extent of which is illuminated—along with his fascinating life and unique personality—in this lively history. In addition to learning all about Einstein
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Chicago Review Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mar 12, 2014 Krista rated it really liked it
"Little did she [Einstein's mom] know what brilliant ideas would one day come out of her son's strange-looking head" (Pohlen,2012). When my son read that line he cackled and was hooked. This book looks at Einstein through the eyes of a kid and leads children on a journey through the mind of one of the greatest thinkers of our time. Children are asked to truly imagine what happens when they walk into a brick wall, or go floating through space in a closed, windowless sphere. It is fun filled with ...more
Apr 30, 2015 Tnb rated it it was amazing
This is quite a good book which provides both the laid-back person's but correct version of relativity without the hassle of math and the historical background of its development. More or less what I walked out of college with, minus the historical component which I only gained years later. Some of the activities are so-so in regards to level of relevance, but otherwise definitely worth noting. There are so many things we take for granted and flat out ignore so do the activities even for that re ...more
Mar 04, 2016 Hiba rated it it was amazing
This book talks about Albert Einstein's childhood and how he became a famous scientist. Albert Einstein was born at Ulm, in Württemberg, Germany, on March 14, 1879. Six weeks later his family moved to Munich, where he went to Luitpold Gymnasium. They moved to Italy and Albert continued his education at Aarau, Switzerland and in 1896 he entered the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich to be trained as a teacher in physics and mathematics. In 1901, the year he had his diploma, he started loo ...more
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Jul 31, 2013 Nicole Glaser rated it really liked it
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I like the idea of a hands-on biography. You are learning about Einstein’s life and more importantly, learning by doing. The author uses timelines and countless pictures to illustrate Einstein’s legacy. There are also helpful links to websites so that readers can continue their educational journey. Both students and teachers could use this to enhance projects and activities in the classroom. You also get a glimpse of his personal life along with his professional one. I learned quite a bit!
Dec 28, 2015 Ishwar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great tribute!

This book has many activities in it which makes it interactive. Time dilation and length contraction were well explained and were interesting. Overall this is a fantastic book for kids of ages 9-15. Well done Jerome!
Oct 08, 2015 Courtney rated it it was amazing
Interesting and informative for kids of all ages. Our whole family enjoyed learning more about Einstein and his ideas through this book.
Oct 11, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
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Edwin Hubble, the famous astronomer, was showing a German couple the Mount Wilson Observatory when he told them that this most advanced telescope in the world was used to determine the shape and nature of the universe. The women replied, “Oh, my husband does that on the back of an old envelope.” The woman was Elsa Einstein, and her husband was Albert. Albert Einstein was born with a funny-shaped head, out of which would come all the secrets of the universe, the basis of the atomic bomb, a lifelo ...more
Apr 28, 2015 Kadri rated it it was amazing
Nice experiments and activities and seems very appropriate for children.
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Jan 17, 2013 Tristan Ng rated it it was amazing
I think this book was very handy because then it shows how Albert Einstein grew up and his time line what he did first and what happened to him at the end. When Albert Einstein died he was 75 and that scientist took out his brain to try to figure out how he got so smart and that he died in the hospital the next morning before he was taken to the hospital. I think this book had a lot of facts about him and how his experiment worked and how he created them.
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