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Dear Professor Einstein (Albert Einstein's Letters to and from Children) (edition 2002)

by Ed. Calaprice Alice

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This enchanting book displays a small sampling of the amusing, touching, and sometimes precocious letters sent to Albert Einstein by children from around the world, and his often witty and very considerate responses. Alice Calaprice has compiled a delightful and charming collection of more than 60 letters, most never published before, from children to perhaps the greatest scientist of all time. Enhancing this correspondence are numerous photographs showing Einstein amid children, wearing an Indian headdress, carrying a puppet of himself, donning furry slippers, among many other wonderful pictures. They reveal the intimate human side of the great public persona, a man who, though he spent his days contemplating the impersonal abstractions of mathematics and physics, was very fond of children and enjoyed being in their company. Obviously, Einstein led a busy life, and so he could not answer every letter sent to him. Nonetheless, he made time to respond to those that touched him in some way. To Monique from New York, who asked about the age of the Earth and when it will come to an end, he patiently responded that it is a little more than a billion years old, and, "As for the question of the end of it I advise: Wait and see!" To "six little scientists" from Morgan City, Louisiana, who despite the skepticism of their classmates maintained that life would survive even if the sun burned out, he wrote, "The minority is sometimes right--but not in your case." Complete with a foreword by Einstein's granddaughter Evelyn, a biography and chronology of Einstein's life, and an introduction by Einstein scholar Robert Schulmann on the great scientist's educational philosophy, this wonderful compilation will be welcomed by teachers, parents, and all the young, budding scientists in their lives.… (more)
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Title:Dear Professor Einstein (Albert Einstein's Letters to and from Children)
Authors:Ed. Calaprice Alice
Info:Barnes and Noble Books, New York (2002), Hardcover
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Rating:****
Tags:Non Fiction

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Excellent book of letters sent to Einstein by children. actual scans of the letters and responses... A very fun book! ( )
  illustrationfan | Feb 13, 2009 |
A short, but rather cute book. I thought it would only be Einstein's letters to and from children, but actually almost half of it was biographical information. I appreciated this, because I didn't know as much as I thought about him, but I feel there could have been a little less (the chapter on his education, for example, really just repeated a lot of things in more detail from the biography chapter). The letters made the book worth it, though, and I wish there had been room for more. They were reproduced as originally written (except a few that had to be translated from German) and very charming. ( )
  Furu | Oct 31, 2007 |
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