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A gentle wizard

A gentle wizard

by Nils Andersson (write a review)
Type: Print Book
Genre: Children, Medicine & Science
Language: English
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Description of "A gentle wizard"

An entertaining and personal introduction to Einstein's universe. Starting with a walk through Bern in 1905 and ending with the recent discovery of gravitational waves from colliding black holes, this book exposes the theory of Relativity in a readable style. Supported by insightful and zany illustrations, this is a great science story for everyone and anyone.

As a young boy, Jack is sent to deliver a set of pictures to a house on Princeton's Mercer Street. The house is quite ordinary, but the man who lives there is not. Far from it. It is Albert Einstein, perhaps the smartest man in the world. The man that bent space and warped time.

The first chance meeting leads to an unexpected friendship. Jack becomes a regular visitor to the famous professor's home. Together they set out on a journey that explores the professor's ideas about space, time and gravity. The journey takes them to the edge of reality, where clocks grind to a halt and stars collapse onto themselves to form holes that aren't quite holes.

This is a blend of fact and fiction. The science is very much real. So are most of the characters; including Einstein himself, his assistant Helen Dukas, Robert Oppenheimer and John Wheeler. The story builds on things that actually happened, although perhaps not in this particular order or involving precisely these individuals. Jack is entirely fictional. He had to be.

"Great fun. Great science. A compelling story for everyone."
Professor Ray d'Inverno, author of "Introducing Einstein's relativity"

"... sets the reader's mind thinking about the wonders of our world."
"If a reader is looking for a thought-provoking book that takes him/her to the edge of reality, where clocks grind to a halt and stars collapse into themselves to form holes that aren't quite holes, I recommend A Gentle Wizard..."
Ann Neville, review for Readers' Favorite

About the author(s)

Nils Andersson is an award winning scientist and celebrated author of children's books. Originally from Sweden, he lives in the UK where he works as professor of Applied Mathematics. He is an expert on Einstein's relativity, black holes, neutron stars and gravitational waves. He regularly gives lectures to the general public on various aspects of physics and astronomy.

Nils has written a series of entertaining books about the, somewhat accident prone, inventor Professor Kompressor. The stories draw on real science for their inspiration, but reality is possibly stretched just a little. There are currently four books in the series. The third book, Professor Kompressor Under Cover won the Silver Award in the 2015 Wishing Shelf book awards.

In 2017 Nils finished a mixed fact-fiction book about Albert Einstein and his theory of gravity. A Gentle Wizard, which was illustrated by the talented Oliver Dean, takes the reader on an entertaining journey through Einstein's wonky universe, explaining the main ideas along the way. Starting with a walk through Bern in Switzerland in 1905, the book culminates with the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. The book recently won the non-fiction category of the 2017 Kindle Book awards.

Book Details
ISBN: 
9780995646292
Publisher: 
Speed of Think Publishing ltd
Number of Pages: 
137
Dimensions: 
5.5 inch x 8.5 inch
Interior Pages: Black & White
Binding: Paperback (Perfect Binding)
Availability: In Stock (Print on Demand)
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