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The Time and Space of Uncle Albert

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Book One in the best-selling Uncle Albert science/adventure series. Uncle Albert and his intrepid niece, Gedanken, enter the dangerous and unknown world of a thought bubble. Their mission: to unlock the deep mysteries of Time and Space...Discover why you can't break the ultimate speed barrier, how to become older than your mother, how to put on weight without getting fat, ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Faber & Faber (first published 1989)
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Sep 23, 2011 Tiffany rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
Not every child is lucky enough to have their genius uncle help them with their science project, but Gedanken can discuss complicated scientific principles with her Uncle Albert. It all starts with Uncle Albert’s “big think”, a thought so big that it comes to life and allows Gedanken to travel space and experiment with time. Through all their experiments, the team is proving the theory of relativity. This British import has some phrases that might confuse children, but luckily, the science will ...more
Angie Libert
Dec 04, 2013 Angie Libert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-alouds
After reading George's Secret to the Universe, we were hoping to find something similar to that in this book. I am not sure if we did not like the book because it was not George, or if it was just because the story was lacking. Either way, we did not complete the story since no one was really all to interested in it.
Courtney Williams
Jul 01, 2009 Courtney Williams rated it it was amazing
I wish I'd had this book as a child; it wouldn't have taken me nearly as long to decide to become a physicist if I had.
Aug 25, 2008 Ria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ria by: Sister Fiona.
This series of books are really clever, they involve a good storyline and put science in an informative way.
I read this aloud to my 7- and 10-year-old, and all three of us loved it. We learned so much. This is a great read for children interested in science and an excellent introduction to Einstein's Theory of Relativity. Informational text in a narrative format works so well when learning about science. Three thumbs up! Up next: Black Holes and Uncle Albert.

The 10yo gave it 4.5/5 stars and the 7yo gave it 5/5 stars. That's how much they liked it.
Jun 18, 2014 VBergen rated it liked it
Sometimes Gedanken is annoying, with her "this is STUPID" and "that is obvious" all along the book. It lacks more drawings :-P
Vinayak Dev
Jan 02, 2016 Vinayak Dev rated it it was amazing
This trilogy is fantastic! Highly recommended for anyone needing an introduction to theoretical physics!
Although I actually know most of this (having read a fair few popular science books in the past. But I didn't like this one at all - having said that it is written for really quite young children, but there isn't nearly enough explanation of the science. So I finally gave it up as a bad job.

I'd be interested to hear, though, if anyone has used this book with the target audience to explain quantum physics though.
Oct 07, 2012 Jeroen rated it really liked it
I bought this book after a discussion with my fellow colleagues about the Theory of Relativity.
One of them suggested this one, after my question of wanting an explanation like you would explain a kid.
So far it's giving me the insights and way of explaining i was looking for.
I think 'A brief history of Time' might be next :)
We just couldn't get into it in the few pages we read and couldn't get interested in picking it up again. Maybe we'll try again in the future.
Jan 21, 2015 Franz rated it really liked it
This is a book intended for young readers, and it explained the theory of relativity very well. I'll keep this book around.
Sep 06, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing
totally a reason why I became a physicist!!! Buy it for every kid that has an interest in science!!!!
Samantha Penrose
Aug 25, 2012 Samantha Penrose rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, older-kids
"There is time and space according to me, and there is time and space according to you. And that's all."
Jun 08, 2009 Verdi rated it it was amazing
I learned that things grow heavier as they go faster.
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