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The Time and Space of Uncle Albert [Paperback]

Russell Stannard
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Book Description

7 April 2005

Book One in the bestselling 'Uncle Albert' science/adventure series.

Famous scientist Uncle Albert and his niece Gedanken enter the dangerous and unknown world of a thought bubble. Their mission: to unlock the deep mysteries of Time and Space . . .

In this action-packed adventure story, discover why you can't break the ultimate speed barrier and find out how to become older than your mother, how to put on weight without getting fat, and how to live forever without even knowing it.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New Ed edition (7 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571226159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571226153
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,294 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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"'The marvellous Uncle Albert books have made quantum physics and relativity fun for countless children.' Sunday Times; 'Enough to make a parent weep with gratitude.' Guardian"

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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Stimulating Read 31 Dec 2010
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The three books are well written and understandable by children and adults. They are stimulating to the young mind and can help the older person to remember science that has been forgotten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The reason I'm a scientist 20 Jan 2013
By Millie
When I was 12 my cousin's boyfriend lent me this book. I am now a scientist and I think this was a real turning point for me (although I didn't realise it at the time). Superbly written for the intended age. At age 12 I was able to correctly answer all the questions in the back of the book which are actually quite hard (I don't think I'd get them all right now without rereading the book). As an adult I couldn't remember the name of the book but after a bit of searching I managed to find it and I have now bought the set. Would definitely recommend this.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Einstein for children 5 Aug 2011
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I wish I had books like this during my childhood. I read this book to some 10 and 11 year old children in the school I worked in. On the whole they enjoyed the book although on occasion I needed to reread a section or explain it again before they understood the passage;which is fair enough when following a fairly complex train of thoughts. The descriptions of time and space dilation near light speeds are clear and well written. The chapter showing that you can never catch up to a photon of light was inspired. The book takes the main concepts and introduces them with care and explains their ramifications and slowly builds up idea by idea to the fully explained special theory of relativity. The use of a female protagonist Gedanken was refreshing and the incidental episodes helped to split the more difficult physics conceptualising into more manageable chunks. It is a good insight into how ideas based on known facts can evolve into hypotheses and eventually theories.
Although not all the children followed all the science they at least have some idea about Einstein and they did enjoy the adventure.
An excellent book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good introduction to time and space 27 Oct 2013
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I bought this as a prize because i think it's really good. Aimed at children, it is actually quite useful for adults too! i hope the recipient enjoyed it.
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