Albert Einstein is one of five people I would have for dinner, assuming I could have ANY five gentlemen from history past. I have long been a fan of THE mind of the 20th century. I was intrigued by both his ability to think far outside the box, and do so while maintaining his quirky style and personality. Some ‘minds’ become reclusive and introverted… not Albert.
‘On a Beam of Light: The Story of Albert Einstein’ is not magical in the sense that magic is the reason for this site. Instead, it is magical in it’s style, magical in it’s illustrations ( Vladimir Radunsky ), and magical in it’s ability to give us insight into the life of a man history may deem the most important of our lifetime.. and do so in a simplistic and entertaining way.
To quote Maria Popova’s story in BRAIN PICKINGS – The story begins with Albert’s birth — a beautiful but odd baby boy who turns one and doesn’t say a word, turns two, then three, and nary a word. Instead, he “just looked around with his big curious eyes,” wondering about the world. His parents worried that there might be something wrong, but loved him unconditionally. And then:
“One day, when Albert was sick in bed, his father brought him a compass — a small round case with a magnetic needle inside. No matter which way Albert turned the compass, the needle always pointed north, as if held by an invisible hand. Albert was so amazed his body trembled.
Suddenly, he knew there were mysteries in the world — hidden and silent, unknown and unseen. He wanted, more than anything, to understand those mysteries…”