Reviewed by Deb McNabney
Science Educator - retired
Einstein is, undoubtedly, one of the best known names in the history of science. Students certainly recognize his iconic status, but may know little more than that about the man. Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids bridges the gap, chronicling Einstein's scientific contributions as well as his fascinating personal life.
I thoroughly enjoyed the effective melding of anecdotes, life history, and scientific achievements. I shook my head at Einstein's dysfunctional family relationships while admiring his brilliance, humor, and courage. He unerringly grasped the big picture, but seemed unable to "see the trees for the forest". His anguish is poignantly captured by the progression of photos in the book—the deepening sadness and weariness of his expression are a testament to years of personal and professional struggle.
In addition to learning about Einstein's life and scientific contributions, readers are invited to participate in activities and thought experiments that highlight Einstein's theories. These activities effectively clarify Einstein's complex ideas. Included sidebars provide information about Einstein's professional peers and highlight some of his famous quotes. Despite the use of the term "kids" in the title, this engaging biography is most appropriate for secondary level students and will support their understanding of the history of modern science and science as a human endeavor.
Review posted on 10/25/2012