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The Time and Space of Uncle Albert Hardcover – 6 Feb 1989


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Faber Children's Books; First Edition edition (6 Feb 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571151302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571151301
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,875,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Russell Stannard is a prolific author of award-winning books for children and for adults. His Uncle Albert books have been translated into 20 languages, and one of them, 'Uncle Albert and the Quantum Quest' was for a time the Number 1 UK paperback bestseller.
For his work in making science accessible to children and to the public in general, he was awarded an OBE by The Queen, and has received the Bragg Medal of the Institute of Physics.
He was involved in setting up the UK's Open University (the UK's largest university with over 250,000 students) where he headed the Department of Physics and Astronomy for 21 years.
His research field was high energy physics, which he conducted at the CERN laboratory in Geneva and in major US laboratories.
Besides his scientific work, he is a licensed lay minister in the Anglican Church, and a Member of the Center for Theological Inquiry at Princeton, USA. Several of his books address the question as to how to reconcile science and religion.
He is also a sculptor in his spare time, his work in this area being the subject of a BBC TV documentary.
He has 16 grandchildren, and one great grandchild - so far.

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About the Author

Russell Stannard is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the Open University. He has travelled widely in Europe and the USA, researching high energy nuclear physics. He has received the Templeton UK project award and spent a year in America as a visiting fellow at the Center of Theological Theory, Princeton. He was awarded an OBE for services to physics and the popularisation of science. Married with four children of his own and three stepchildren, he vividly remembers the excitement of discovering Einstein's theories for the first time and he is dedicated to passing this inspiration on to new generations. The Time and Space of Uncle Albert was shortlisted for both the Science Award and the Whitbread Award, and his books have been translated into seventeen different languages. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 July 2001
Format: Paperback
The Time and Space of Uncle Albert is a really good book. I read it whenever I get a chance. There are two other books about Uncle Albert - Black Holes and Uncle Albert, and Uncle Albert and the Quantum quest. The Time and Space of Uncle Albert is the first in the series. HOW do distances get shorter? WHY can't you catch up with a light beam? The Time and Space of Uncle Albert answers both these questions and many others!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jdww@hotmail.com on 20 Dec 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a great book to pass on to a relation / friend who won't put up with dull science but you want to show how fun STR and so forth can be. Despite a few fuzzy areas, the general principles and the weird ideas are all there and the accessible way they are presented leads on to some interesting questions and conversations. But, don't think it is just for kids, someone reading over my shoulder on the tube started to ask me questions. The poor fool, he is now hooked.
Even if you are an accomplished professor of GR and all that, do remember to read it yourself first. It will let you know what questions you are likely to be asked & reminds you of the fun that it used to be when you first heard about these silly ideas!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 July 2001
Format: Paperback
I think the Time and Space of Uncle Albert was fantastic! It's about a man called Albert (based on Albert Einstein) - explaining all about time and space to his ten-year-old niece, Gedanken. Albert has a thought bubble - like you get in cartoons and comics, and is able to beam Gedanken up into it! Why can't you catch up with light? Why does space get squashed? Why are astronauts weightless? The answers are all in this book. But the fun ends when something goes wrong with Albert's imaginary spaceship...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct 1998
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was great, because it explains Einstein's theories so simply that even children can understand them. Uncle Albert is Memory's uncle. He is a scientist and helps Memory with a project she has to do for school. Together they learn, for example, that you can never travel faster than the speed of light and that energy has weight. At the end there is a short test. How many questions will you get right?
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