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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Faber Children's Books; 1st edition (2 Feb. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571170668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571170661
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 1.8 x 13.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,252 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" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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 the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By steph wilson on 12 July 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is really good as it teaches you science in a fun way.you dont realize how much you have leant from it untill you get to the back of the book where there is a quiz and you can test yourself.It is all about what the smallest piece of something is and what that smallest piece is made of.Russel Stanerd has also woven Lewis Carrol's stories in so it helps if you have already read Alice in Wonderland as charactures and props from the book are used throughout the book.This is a fantastic book that will make you both think deeply and laugh out loud at the same time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 July 2001
Format: Paperback
This a fantastic book about a girl called Gedanken and her Uncle Albert, who is a scientist. Gedanken takes a trip into her uncle's mysterious thought bubble and discovers heaps of things in the strange enlarged world. This is a fun journey through the world of atoms, molecules, electrons and quarks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2011
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This is not the first Russell Stannard I have purchased for my grand-children (three and one - so starting the library early) and that is a recommendation in itself. I have no doubt whatsoever that the world in which they grow up will continue to expand exponentially in so many different ways, as it has in my life-time; as an English graduate with an extensive library, a long-standing computer user and now an avid iPad user, I have grown used to and now enjoy reading books, newspapers and PDFs from screens. Information Technology and its cousins are just amazing, thank you, the late, great Steve Jobs. However, I continue to stock the grand-children's libraries, mostly with hardbacks, in the belief that books will continue in some shape or form to be a staple diet.

Gedanken and her scientist uncle, Albert, are the characters Stannard uses to take his readers on a journey into the world of quantum physics, a fun journey through the world of atoms, molecules, electrons and quarks. He knows the power of enjoyable stories to take our minds for a walk and he populates the journey with resonant characters with whom children can relate. Along the way, if they learn a little about physics, chemistry or biology, well, that's fun too.

It does not make quantum physics any easier or less confusing for mere mortals but it does slip concepts into the minds, provide vocabularies to use and moments to remember, in addition to simply putting books into hands. "Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel" Socrates (470BC-399BC), who knew too well how to educate the youth.

A much mis-quoted and over-used Chinese quotation is "Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand."; although I do not entirely subscribe to this, it is the essence of what Stannard succeeds in doing surreptitiously with his series of books.

Recommended as a wonderful educational ambush.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Mar. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is not only an entertaining yet informative book; it expands ones mind and allows children to address questions that they would not be able to think about until they are at high school. The use of fantasy, conversation, illustrations, humour, someone to identify to and written from a childs point of view makes this book a great treasure. It deals with many of childrens misconceptions yet it educates the children. This book is fun, yet informative...can a story be informative...yes!
A must buy!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Toogood on 27 July 2012
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A really good read for youngsters that have a scientifically inquisitive mind. Also useful for those that are looking for inventive ways to explain such difficult concepts.

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