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Genius: A Photobiography of Albert Einstein (Photobiographies)

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On the 100th anniversary of the publishing of the special theory of relativity, this National Geographic photobiography chronicles the life of one of the most brilliant scientists who ever lived. Through compelling text and stirring archival photographs, the author recounts Einstein's life from his privileged childhood in Austria through the crucial years during World War ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by National Geographic Children's Books
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Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Amazing kids biography book. would keep them interested in this awesome scientist
Aly Gutierrez
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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-Albert Einstein was left without his grandfather at an early age, who was his idol. He was a brilliant man who initiated 20th-century science with his general theory of relativity. He was born in Ulm, Germany. His parents supported Einstein in everything he did. He learned independence early, and did not like school initially. Though, he went along to attend the Swiss Federal institute of Technology. After college he hit some struggles financially, with his love life, and family i
I read parts of this story out loud to my 9 year old son...although we had to a little editing when it came to several parts...the child out of wedlock, living with and then marrying his cousin, etc. But it was an interesting look at a brilliant man. It explained his scientific concepts and discoveries in as simple a format as possible...I was still lost but grasped more than I have before. He made huge contributions not only in quantum physics but in promoting peace, democracy, equal rights, an ...more
Ghali Oudghiri
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book looks good for a couple of reasons, First, the book has pictures. For example, everyone prefers books with pictures because it gives them an understanding in a picture and not words. Second, the book has a timeline and resources. For example, that can be very helpful when knowing when he did this or if the reader wants to know where they found the information. Those are the reasons why this book looks good.
This book might interest friends for a couple of reasons. First, the book has qu
Yassine Idhali
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world”- Albert Einstein (Delano 30). Genius, a photography of Albert Einstein, was written by the world’s famous author Marfé Ferguson Delano. One of the three most important moments that pushed Albert Einstein to become a mathematician, as Einstein exclaimed, was “When I was a little boy my father showed me a small compass, and the enormous impression that it made on me certainly played a role in my ...more
Libby Erwood
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Personal Reaction: Genius: A Photobiography of Albert Einstein is an awesome books for elementary students of all ages to read I believe. I liked this book for that particular reason, students at younger levels can enjoy this book due to the countless old fashioned pictures of inventions and the chronological events he encountered within his life. Older children would also be captured by the pictures, but also enjoy reading about all he has done and make connections between what he has done and ...more
The Reading Countess
Interesting read full of fascinating photos (naturally, look at the title) of Time Magazine's Person of the Century. I was unaware that he had two wives. His first wife, mother of his two living sons (a daughter, sadly, either adopted or died early in infancy prior to the legal union). His second wife, his cousin, began married life just as his popularity began to rise. Interestingly enough, a Jew by birth but educated in (cheaper) Catholic schools, he was not a poor student despite constant rum ...more
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This photobiography tells about Albert Einstein’s life from birth to death, detailing his education, family, beliefs, achievements, and failings. It is interspersed with quotes, letters, and images of Einstein throughout his life.
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This book from National Geographic is delightful and easy to read. I love how he is presented so humanly, even though he was brilliant. The narrative format makes this appealing to students.
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Pictures show lots of aspects of
Genius: A Photobiography of Albert Einstein, by Marfe Ferguson Delano, is an interesting collection of pictures that span the life of this famous man. From his early years to his death, the life of Einstein and the factors that contributed to his eventual fame. This photobiography shows Einstein through the ages, the pictures range in size from small snapshots to full double page spreads. Many times overlaid by quotes from Einstein himself. At times letters or documents that played a part in his ...more
Brenna Call
Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Photo essay biography about the life of scientist Albert Einstein. The book lists Einstein’s important contributions to science as well as many of his important political activities and gives a good overview of the history behind his feeling and actions. Einstein’s complicated theories were explained in an age appropriate and simplified way. As a layman, I found the information in this book fascinating and I am grateful for the list of further resources found in the back of the book. The book al ...more
Oct 21, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pbgs-nf
The book starts out with a forward from Evelyn Einstein, Albert Einstein's granddaughter. She speaks from her heart of this true character, and the narrative of the book is also written with a familiarity with Albert Einstein's life. This is a book great for children interested in math and science, as explanations of these theorems are explained in detail, or for the people that like life's dirty secrets, such as his second wife was his cousin. I did like the quotes of Albert Einstein written on ...more
Hayley Hancock
, this book goes into detail about Albert Einstein’s life from when he was born in 1879 to when he died in 1955. This nonfiction book gives the authors point of view as to why he believed (as well as why others believe) that Albert Einstein was a genius, even though he didn’t think so himself. Einstein himself said, “I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious” (Delano, 2005). However the author goes into detail on Einstein’s contributions to the world of science and mathematics an ...more
Pamela Powell
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-nonfiction
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world." This quote by Einstein seems to get at the greatness of his genius. Yes, he was smart, particularly in math and science, but the major contributions he made to our understanding of the world came first of all because he was a creative thinker.
"What if one were to run after a ray of light?"-so began one of the most well known of his "thought experiments". The photos in this book are a wonderful
Aug 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seriously, what a good egg (head) that Albert was. The photobiography layout makes him really accessible. My head was dancing with images of him hiking through the mountains, and sailing and thinking his cute little thoughts about riding on a ray of light.

The diagrams of the scientific principles are better than any I've seen elsewhere. My confidence was boosted. I picked up my boyfriend's copy of "Six Not So Easy Pieces" by Feynman, read one chapter, and decided to stick with the middle-grade p
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This juvenile biography gets to the core of Einstein: His sense of playful wonder about the universe. Two Einstein quotes from the book:

"One thing I have learned in a long life; that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike--and yet it is the most precious thing we have."


"What if one were to run after a ray of light?
. . . What if one were riding on the beam?
. . . If one were to run fast enough, would it no longer move at all?

Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, science
Einstein was one of the few scientists ever to achieve celebrity status among the masses of common people. This book chronicles his life. My kids and I read it out loud and found his adventures humorous and interesting. However, the great tragedy of his life was that he chose to put his work before his family. We had a long discussion on the implications of that choice for Einstein, his first wife and his three children.
Mar 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-fun, biography
This was the first book I've read about Albert Einstein, so I thought it was delightful to get a quick over view of his life and some insight into his personality.

The book, while only 64 pages long including the bibliography and timeline, was packed full of entertaining tidbits about Einstein's life, love, and passions. In the first few pages, Einstein went from being a legend in my mind to a tangible, well rounded human being. It is well worth the read, even if only for the pictures.
Sean Dugan-Strout
This is a biography of a house-hold name- Albert Einstein. The pictures here are interesting and placed to help finish the sentences of this man's story as you read through this book. The explanations were not complicated (for me, not being a man of science) and perfect for older elementary school students. The information itself was presented in a personal way that emphasized each photo.
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2010
As a former science teacher and one who has loved science for most of my life, I have always been fascinated by Einstein. This book portrays not only his amazing scientific mind, but also his human side. If you are looking for a basic introduction to this great scientist, this is a quick easy read that might be just right for you.
Emily Ever
Great overview of the life and theories of a very interesting man. With an emphasis on his pacifism and charity work, this was a great intro into the life of a legend.

Even as an adult I learned a lot about physics from this book. It was explained in a very clear and to-the-point kind of way.

Definitely recommend for kids - it will inspire them to think like a Genius!
Jada S.
The book I am reviewing is GENIUS by Marfe Fergusson Delano. This book is about who exactly Albert Einstein was and how he contributed to physics, basically, all about Albert Einstein’s life. It explains how he grew up, his family, what he did in high school, tons of good stuff like that.
If you like nonfiction stuff, and live albert einstein, read this book!
Carly Mineo
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book about an extraordinary scientist who changed the world. It had lots of pictures and lots of facts. I would recommend it to anyone who likes biographies and science. It's a good combination of both!
Niyaachan ニエヤ
that's a simple book, but contains wholly the Einstein's life in general ^^
yah, worth to read...
Bobbi Skipper
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a great look at the life of Albert Einstein and the impact he had on the world. It's written in a way to engage readers and keep their interest with pictures and illustrations.
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was very good with the facts. It named most of his life in this book and had a lot of description when it came to scientific.
Oct 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has great photos of Einstein's life. This would be good for 6th grade but has very complex vocab, so it wouldn't be the best for lower grades.
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book is picture heavy, I would suggest it for an older child, probably 5th grade and up. Good for middle school (and adults who want to know a little about Einstein!). 11/1/06
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Photobiography of Albert Einstein is a great introduction to the man and his work, without getting bogged down in the detail. Well worth reading.
Nov 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The important things is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity." - Albert Einstein
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner from National Geographic. Wonderful photographs and well written text make this a terrific book for casual reading, school reports or a great book to recommend for budding scientists.
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