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Einstein's Brainchild

Relativity Made Relatively Easy!

Written by Barry R. ParkerAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Barry R. Parker
Illustrated by Lori Scoffield-BeerAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Lori Scoffield-Beer

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Physicist and popular science writer Barry Parker speaks to the broadest possible audience in bringing Einstein's theories to life. Given the fervent renewed appreciation for the contributions Albert Einstein has bestowed on humanity, Parker thinks it only right to dedicate a book to explaining in the clearest possible terms the meaning and beauty of Einstein's theories.

While tracing the story of Einstein's life, Parker seizes on the crucial groundbreaking theories that Einstein envisioned. Not since Isaac Newton had anyone conceived the universe in such a revolutionary, startling new way. Through Parker's eloquence, eye for detail, and clever use of Einsteinian cartoons and vivid illustrations, he enables the reader to see and appreciate for perhaps the first time the full meaning and scope of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity and General Theory of Relativity.

Parker then guides the reader to the next step in Einstein's revelations: the possibility of time travel. In exploring the fascinating implications of Einstein's thought, Parker treats us to the experience of discovering a black hole, traversing curved spacetime, and greeting our much younger twin who has just returned from a long and arduous spaceflight.

Parker's incomparable gift for language captures Einstein's uniqueness, singular brilliance, and stunning theories. The clarity of the writing coupled with the many illustrations will drive home the point why so many consider Einstein to be the greatest scientist who ever lived and Time magazine named Albert Einstein "Person of the Century."


“In clever, easy-to-follow prose, with plenty of cartoon help, Parker fleshes out Einstein’s major contribution to science and mankind, while adding a bit of biography and some fun speculation about the possibilities of time travel. You may not understand it all, but you’ll feel smarter for the effort.”
-San Diego Union-Tribune 
“Students and others looking for fascinating and painless introductions to this particular, well-traveled, but still-startling corner of the sciences will be happy with Parker as their guide. The latest book to tackle Einstein’s insights and their consequences is also one of the clearest and shortest yet.”
-Publisher’s Weekly 

“In this book, Parker, physicist and award-winning science writer, attempts to explain to the layperson Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity and General Theory of Relativity… Parker does a good job of presenting them in as straightforward a manner as possible… This is an immense amount of complex material, and Parker does an admirable job of condensing and summarizing the information.”

“Using vivid illustrations and reader-friendly writing…helps readers make sense of the difficult concepts. Straightforward illustrations and descriptions allow armchair scientists and students to more fully appreciate…relativity, time travel, black holes, antigravity and mirror universes.”
-Today’s Librarian
“…the author makes good use of diagrams to get across some complicated ideas.”
-The Physics Teacher

  • Einstein's Brainchild by Barry R. Parker and illustrated by Lori Scoffield-Beer
  • April 03, 2007
  • Science - Relativity
  • Prometheus Books
  • $18.99
  • 9781591025221

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