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Dear Professor Einstein: Albert Einstein's Letters to and from Children

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  342 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
This enchanting book displays a small sampling of the amusing, touching, and sometimes precocious letters sent to Albert Einstein by children from around around the world, and his often witty and very considerate responses. Illustrations.
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Prometheus Books (first published 2002)
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Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
A really nice book. A good introduction I think to the man himself for those, like me, who aren't really familiar with the course of his life.

The children's letters section is adorable, amusing and inspiring.

For me the most touching letters were his responses to questions on scientists & prayer, his correspondence with the girl Tyfanny, the way he simply explained the concept of what an animal is.

One Prayer:

"January 24, 1936

Dear Phyllis,

I will attempt to reply to your question as simply
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Enjoyed it much! Quick and easy read. That Einstein is a lovable fellow.

"Elsa tells me that you are unhappy because you didn't get to see your Uncle Einstein. Therefore I will tell you what I look like: pale face, long hair, and a modest paunch. In addition an awkward gait, a cigar - if I happen to have one - in the mouth, and a pen in the pocket or hand. But this uncle doesn't have bowed legs or warts, and is therefore quite handsome; and neither does he have hair on his hands, as ugly men ofte
Donald Grant
May 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
It is common in marketing, or at least in marketing surveys, to ask if a product or service exceeded expectations. This means the product or service went above and beyond what the customer was anticipating. When you get the service you expect that just means the company is doing okay but is not outstanding. When you get less than you expect you complain or at least do not return to that company. This book is one that I should return.

Promoted as letters from children to Einstein and his responses
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is almost half devoted to a biography of Einstein which I didn't mind but didn't expect. The letters I enjoyed most were the ones in pairs but even the letters which don't have an answer were fun to read. The children's voices are sincere and sometimes extremely formal, other times remarkably casual (one opens "Dear Albert"). There are some gems in Einstein's responses, of course, and he is quite witty too.
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
cool to know this happened
Eileen Delaney
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Very quick read with some interersting facts about Einstein. The actually letters are cute but nothing particularly insightful. Worth a flip through.
Ioana W
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Într-adevăr o carte pentru copii... Biografia pare scrisă în stil poveste, (dar nici măcar ca poveste nu e impresionantă), iar scrisorile, care ocupă cam jumătate de carte, sunt majoritatea de la copii către Einstein (m-aș fi bucurat să fie invers, deși probabil ar fi fost mai greu de adunat).
Euisry Noor
Aug 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teachers, Parents, & Kids
Sudah bukan rahasia kalau Einstein memang seorang ilmuwan besar dan jenius. Sebagian besar orang yang pernah menyimak perjalanan karir Einstein barangkali juga telah tahu bahwa selain dalam bidang ilmu pengetahuan, Einstein juga menaruh perhatian besar terhadap masalah kemanusiaan dan perdamaian dunia. Nah, kalau sikap dan hubungannya dengan anak-anak, kira-kira seperti apa ya?
Jika pada buku The World As I see It kita dapat menyimak koleksi esai, korespondensi, artikel dan pidato Einstein tentan
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Knowing the legend of Albert Einstein made everyone and personally myself a different aspect on Albert. Albert Einstein was a genius like everybody knew of him. By reading this book it was easy to understand and actually got to know a different side of him. They showed how he was a normal guy whom loved children, a little corny at times and explained how he was different from others because of his mind. At birth, his parents thought he was retarded because of his deformed head and he didn't star ...more
Aug 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Difficult to rate this book. The letters were very witty, and I found it enjoyable reading both Einstein's replies, and the original letters the children wrote. The only let down of the book is that it contained three separate accounts of the professor's life, all detailing the same events, which took up nearly half the book. I was not particularly interested in the first place, but to find that I had to repeat his whole history again, from a different academic perspective but which managed to i ...more
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, logos
Fun, short read which included two brief biography of Einstein, by different authors, with different emphasis, but repeating the same information. Who knew that he had problems with math and had to ask famous mathematicians to help create the formulas for his relativity theory, or that E=mc2 was originally L=mc2 (though that is never explained). The fun part, though, is the letters to and from children, for whom the scientist obviously had a particular fondness. Again, in the comments on the let ...more
Jan 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a sweet and poignant little book. If you're looking for something to uplift, this will do it for you.

The book is a series of letters that children wrote to Albert Einstein during his life. Some he responded to - always with respect, kindness and encouragement - and others not. But the letters are by turns sweet, silly, and earnest but always show that wisdom that only children can somehow manage.

The book also contains a brief biography of Einstein and a number of photos of him during his
May 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
If you were playing the word association game and said, "genius" the first person to come to mind for most people would be Albert Einstein. However, Professor Einstein himself would be the first one to deny that he was a genius. Why? Einstein was quite humble. Despite his smarts, he "thought he was only more curious about the world than others, and that curiosity is a childlike quality that most adults seem to lose." Einstein also had the ability not to take himself too seriously, as evidenced b ...more
Eva Nickelson
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
The book was a mixture of biographical information about Einstein (focused on his education) and letters to and from children. The biographical information was interesting, although I wished it had focused more on Einstein's interaction with children instead of just on his own educational experiences. The letters from the children were sometimes cute, usually hilarious, but most of them lacked context. There did not seem to be any order to the letters, and while some of them showed a corresponde ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
This half-biography-half-archival book appealed to me because of its focus on youth. I was not disappointed in the least with it. I enjoyed it as an adult reading cover to cover, but its presentation is such that my ten year old daughter could turn to any page, read, understand and enjoy. That this book is attractive to young readers makes me incredibly giddy, as it demonstrates the celebrity appeal of an intellectual.
Jovi Ene
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cât de frumoase și inocente sunt aceste scrisori trimise de copii din lumea întreagă către deja-celebrul Einstein. Dincolo de acest farmec al copilăriei, nici el nu s-a lăsat mai prejos și a răspuns unora dintre scrisori încercând să explice teoria relativității sau propria moarte.
Alături de aceste scrisori, avem o biografie simplă și multe fotografii inedite. Simpatică, așadar.
Stephen Cranney
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Hardly any of the letters from Einstein; in the end I just don't think a lot were preserved, and you can tell that the author was pulling out all the stops (large font, small book, long intro, etc.) to stretch relatively little source material into a book length manuscript.
Andrew Pastor
Aug 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Love Einstein but I couldn't shake the feeling that this book was just an attempt to capitalize off of a found box of letters. Some were cute but most lacked responses (which probably exist). A nice, quick flip through.
Oct 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, Einstein's communications were very fascinating and diverse. I think putting them together as a book is somehow difficult. The subject is constantly changing and you never remember what you read before. I prefer quotes than a big book of letters.
Rachel Jerdin
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable Read

There is a biography and a timeline of Albert Einstein's life and quite a few pictures. This would be easy for children to read. There are at least 60 letters between Dr. Einstein and children. So innocent and sweet.
Matt and Kenna Ford
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book for my dad before he died and he loved it. It is soooo charming! And I LOVE the way Einstein thought about things and corresponded with children whose parents and teachers said "Ask Albert Einstein" when they didn't know the answers to life's questions. Highly recommend!
Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm sure Herr Einstein LOVED to read all of these adorable letters.
Apr 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Wish there had been more letters FROM Einstein instead of so many from the children. Still, an interesting read.
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
A fun look at the man behind the theories in his own words, in the form of his letters to and from children. Both entertaining and enlightening!
Nov 02, 2007 rated it it was ok
Cute. Interesting insight into how he related to children. Not a keeper, though.
Must read-1
Well written-3
Very quick life timeline in the beginning is a nice addition to this collection of children's correspondence with Einstein.
May 24, 2015 rated it liked it
A book that used to be Mom's. Interesting little read.
Jason Linden
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Insubstantial. This could have been delightful, and while there were a few moments, it was mostly dull.
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In 1879, Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Zurich by 1909. His 1905 paper explaining the photoelectric effect, the basis of electronics, earned him the Nobel Prize in 1921. His first paper on Special Relativity Theory, also published in 1905, changed the world. After the rise of the Nazi party, Einstein made Princeton his permanent home, becoming ...more
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