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

Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids His Life and Ideas with Activities and Thought Experiments Winner of VOYA Nonfiction Honor List SelectionBest known for his general theory of relativity and the famous equation linking mass and energy E mc Albert Einstein had a lasting impact on the w

  • Title: Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities and Thought Experiments
  • Author: Jerome Pohlen
  • ISBN: 9781613740286
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of 2013 VOYA Nonfiction Honor List SelectionBest known for his general theory of relativity and the famous equation linking mass and energy, E mc , 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 EinsteinWinner of 2013 VOYA Nonfiction Honor List SelectionBest known for his general theory of relativity and the famous equation linking mass and energy, E mc , 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 s important contributions to science, from proving the existence and size of atoms and launching the field of quantum mechanics to creating models of the universe that led to the discovery of black holes and the big bang theory, young physicists will participate in activities and thought experiments to bring his theories and ideas to life Such activities include using dominoes to model a nuclear chain reaction, replicating the expanding universe in a microwave oven, creating blue skies and red sunsets in a soda bottle, and calculating the speed of light using a melted chocolate bar Suggestions for further study, a time line, and sidebars on the work of other physicists of the day make this an incredibly accessible resource for inquisitive children.

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    1. I did not, in fact, miss my calling when I decided not to become a theoretical physicist, but thanks to a school report, I picked up this book. It's a hands-on biography. As it talks about Einstein's life (in typical biography form, with plenty of photographs and timelines and the like), which is plenty interesting, it also includes various at-home experiments to illustrate his work (and the work of the earlier scientists his theories built from). It doesn't weigh down the (young) reader with lo [...]

    2. 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! B [...]

    3. Albert Einstein is an interesting fellow. He had a decent childhood being raised by both his mother and father. Einstein's thought experiments were influenced by a book that a friend of the family, Talmud, had given him. Talmud would bring books to Albert on a weekly basis. Albert would devour these books and discuss them with Talmud. Eventually his mathematical genius was to high for the medical student, Talmud, to keep up with. This was the oush that got Einstein started on his adventure so to [...]

    4. 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 lo [...]

    5. "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 [...]

    6. 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 li [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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.

    9. 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!

    10. Interesting and informative for kids of all ages. Our whole family enjoyed learning more about Einstein and his ideas through this book.

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