by Kathleen Krull
This is a fascinating, relatively short biography (130 pages) of Albert Einstein, starting with his childhood experiences that inspired him to question scientific theories all his life. It was interesting to find out that he was kind of a difficult person – he was not liked by most of his teachers and professors, and he had difficulty making friends and keeping a good relationships. His mind was always working on solving new problems, and he questioned science in a way that made many people upset. However, Einstein’s papers, especially 5 papers he wrote in 1905, were huge breakthroughs in physics, changing the way everyone now thinks about how the universe works. It is pretty amazing to think that many things we take for granted today were sparked from the brain of this one man, including technology for TV and cell phones. Einstein’s one regret was that his work had an impact on the creation of the atomic bomb. He was a pacifist and remained very disturbed until his death by the impact of this terrible weapon.
My only wish is that Krull would have included a section with photos of Einstein and the other people mentioned in the book. I will have to take a look at some of our other biographies to get a better visual image in my mind.
-reviewed by Jennifer