Academic journal article Language Arts

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

Academic journal article Language Arts

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein Written by Jennifer Berne Illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky Chronicle, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-08118-7235-5

This gentle book exquisitely captures the amazing genius of Albert Einstein. Berne discusses Einstein's most famous scientific discoveries in a way that opens his world of "wondering, thinking, and imagining" to a new generation in remarkably comprehensible ways. With a New-Yorker-cartoon feel, Radunsky's ink and gouache illustrations add a playful, yet intellectual air, with a touch of quaint quirkiness. For example, Einstein's pondering of where his sugar cube went when it dissolved into his tea led to "the idea that everything is made out of teeny, tiny, moving bits of stuff-far too tiny to see-little bits called 'atoms.'" To underscore Berne's prose, Radunsky shifts to a comically unsophisticated, but effective pointillism to represent the atoms that make up all things, "[e]ven Albert and you. …

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