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An Audience for Einstein

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Professor Percival Marlowe is a brilliant, elderly astrophysicist who's dying, his greatest achievement still unfinished and now beyond his diminished means.

Doctor Carl Dorning, a neurosurgeon, finally discovers a secret method of transplanting memories from one person to another, thanks to Marlowe's millions.

Miguel Sanchez, a homeless boy, agrees to become the recipient
Published October 2019 by DartFrog Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Brian Kelley
Rooted in a strong morality tale, Mark Wakely's An Audience for Einstein represents a great introduction into science fiction--especially for teens.

While the writing feels stiff and unpolished in some places, and characters narrate life a little too much for my taste, the novel speculates what if we could save the memories and knowledge of one dying person at the expense of the future of another (in this case, an eleven-year old)?

Professor Dorning creates a method to extract the knowledge from
Jennifer Wardrip
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Young Percival Marlowe was a typical science geek; elderly Professor Marlowe is a Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist who needs more time to complete all of the brilliant projects he has yet to share with the world. Unable to find a way to retrieve his own youth, Marlowe backs the project of neurosurgeon Carl Dorning, hoping but never truly believing that Dorning's revolutionary technique of transplanting memories will prove successful by the
Dec 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Professor Percival Marlowe, a Nobel Prize winning astrophysicist, is dying, much to his regret. But he is not without hope: years before, Doctor Carl Dorning, a neurosurgeon, had talked Marlowe into financing his research into preserving the brain in another body. In the waning days of Marlowe’s life, Dorning sees the necessity for finding a “donor” for Marlowe's brain and seizes upon Miguel Sanchez, a young homeless boy who doesn’t quite understand what he is signing up to do.

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Megan Judge
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-books
Similar to Flowers for Algernon. An old scientist is near death and a doctor convinces him to transfer his mind into a boy. The boy and scientist agree, but then both decide the doctor misled them. The scientist uses his intelligence to foil the doctor's plan.

Favorite quote: "His gaze grew hazy. 'Cambridge, 1924,' he said quietly, the words measured and precisely spoken, just as the professor used to speak, the cadence identical, and the inflection unmistakable."
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such an interesting book with a very intruding topic, some people thought it was dull at times, and I partially agree but it was completely worth reading. Mark wakely gives us a glimpse at what the future might hold in his tale about neurosurgery
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this with my son when he was in 6th grade and it gave us a lot to talk about. It's an intriguing book that raises some good questions about the value of life and the bounds of scientific research and knowledge.
Sep 07, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Great idea for a story line, but the writing was awful. This book ended up being a chore to finish.
Rating this four stars for the story, which is thought-provoking and makes an interesting starting point for a group discussion. The writing isn't extraordinary but it isn't awful, either.
Jan 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Was a fun read with ethical/moral issues thrown in...and a good ending.
Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a book club book that I just could NOT get into. I found the science of it very unbelievable. I don't think I would have finished it unless it had been for book club.
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Mark Wakely has held a lifelong interest in all things science-related, dating back to high school when he won the Bausch & Lomb science award in high school. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and is a college administrator at prestigious Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. He lives in a nearby town with his wife and three children, and is an avid reader and amateur ...more