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A father offered his son, a five-year-old Albert Einstein, a compass that triggered an irrepressible need to understand the laws of the universe and an iconic scientific career. At first a simple employee of the Swiss Patent Office in Bern, the young Einstein published a series of scientific articles that questioned everything previously understood in the world of physics. A father offered his son, a five-year-old Albert Einstein, a compass that triggered an irrepressible need to understand the laws of the universe and an iconic scientific career. At first a simple employee of the Swiss Patent Office in Bern, the young Einstein published a series of scientific articles that questioned everything previously understood in the world of physics. His theory, summed up by the formula E = mc2, opened to humanity the doors of the power of the atom. A legendary genius, but also a great humanist, Einstein lived through the first half of the 20th century, with all its horrors and contradictions, in the service of science, but distraught by what man's madness is capable of doing with it.


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A father offered his son, a five-year-old Albert Einstein, a compass that triggered an irrepressible need to understand the laws of the universe and an iconic scientific career. At first a simple employee of the Swiss Patent Office in Bern, the young Einstein published a series of scientific articles that questioned everything previously understood in the world of physics. A father offered his son, a five-year-old Albert Einstein, a compass that triggered an irrepressible need to understand the laws of the universe and an iconic scientific career. At first a simple employee of the Swiss Patent Office in Bern, the young Einstein published a series of scientific articles that questioned everything previously understood in the world of physics. His theory, summed up by the formula E = mc2, opened to humanity the doors of the power of the atom. A legendary genius, but also a great humanist, Einstein lived through the first half of the 20th century, with all its horrors and contradictions, in the service of science, but distraught by what man's madness is capable of doing with it.

30 review for Albert Einstein: The Poetry of Real

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Albert Einstein: The Poetry of Real' by Marwan Kahil with art by Manuel Garcia Iglesias is a biography of Albert Einstein that is heavy on dialogue as it tries to do possibly too much. Taking a framing story of Albert Einstein at the end of his life talking to a friend, the narrative goes back and forth in time. His father gave him a compass as a young boy and that supposedly set his direction. We see his greatest achievements, his loves and friends, and his regrets. At the end of the graphic 'Albert Einstein: The Poetry of Real' by Marwan Kahil with art by Manuel Garcia Iglesias is a biography of Albert Einstein that is heavy on dialogue as it tries to do possibly too much. Taking a framing story of Albert Einstein at the end of his life talking to a friend, the narrative goes back and forth in time. His father gave him a compass as a young boy and that supposedly set his direction. We see his greatest achievements, his loves and friends, and his regrets. At the end of the graphic novel is a list of resources for further reading. I seem to think this is written for younger readers because of the footnotes explaining events and ethnic items and the names dropped along the way. And there are a lot of names. I feel like this would have been better served not trying to cover the entire life. It falls short and feels like a continuous monologue. It doesn't make for very interesting reading or very deep. Which is unfortunate. The art is black and white and contains drawings of famous photographs along the way. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from NBM Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    I received an electronic advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Netgalley and NBM Publishing. This is a biography of Albert Einstein in the shape of a graphic novel. The story begins at the end of Einsteins life when he is reminiscing about his successes, losses, and regrets to an unidentified student. I liked the idea of repackaging the biography of a prominent historical figure into a potentially more accessible format, but I dont think this was successfully done here. I received an electronic advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Netgalley and NBM Publishing. This is a biography of Albert Einstein in the shape of a graphic novel. The story begins at the end of Einstein’s life when he is reminiscing about his successes, losses, and regrets to an unidentified student. I liked the idea of repackaging the biography of a prominent historical figure into a potentially more accessible format, but I don’t think this was successfully done here. There is too much text that reads almost like one long monologue. It’s slow and, at times, challenging to follow. The time jumps were also confusing at times. I also think that maybe just too much of Einstein’s life was included in this novel, perhaps less would have been better here. Sadly, the black and white art doesn’t help the novel either. It’s pretty dull and, therefore, doesn’t help with capturing the reader’s attention. On top of that, I found it difficult to recognize recurring characters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    M Aghazarian

    Fairly heavy. Lower rating because I'm not as much a fan of the art and the pacing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    A complete yackfest, as Einstein first talks to some unidentified student, then to himself, about his influences. Come here for a drama-free plod, don't come here as a layman expecting to get any real insight, delivered in appealing or friendly manner.

  5. 4 out of 5

    FSSTBlog

    Authors: Manuel García Iglesias and Marwan Kahil Year: 2019 ISBN: 978-1-6811-2202-1 (ebook) Publisher: NBM Graphic Novels Goodreads Rating: 2/5 stars Content Warnings: references to the holocaust I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Einstein: The Poetry of Real tells the story of arguably the most famous scientists in modern memory. Albert Einstein traced his fascination with physics and the mechanics of the universe to a gift from his father. To keep Authors: Manuel García Iglesias and Marwan Kahil Year: 2019 ISBN: 978-1-6811-2202-1 (ebook) Publisher: NBM Graphic Novels Goodreads Rating: 2/5 stars Content Warnings: references to the holocaust I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Einstein: The Poetry of Real tells the story of arguably the most famous scientists in modern memory. Albert Einstein traced his fascination with physics and the mechanics of the universe to a gift from his father. To keep him occupied during an illness, Einstein received a compass. After realizing that the needle would always point north regardless of where the base is, the young Einstein began to wonder about the universe itself. Marwan Kahil and Manuel García Iglesias worked together to bring this story to life. This graphic novel offers a visual interpretation of Einstein's life. An interesting framing device that the authors use is one of Einstein's students, Mark. I'm not sure if this character is based on a real student of his, but this character nonetheless creates a thematic thread that comes full circle in the last pages. If you're looking for an in-depth look at Albert Einstein, warts and all, that's not what you're going to get here. It's a good biography that I'd say is appropriate for younger readers interested in science. While I found it surface-level, I can see this on a middle schooler's shelf. For readers interested in a more in-depth experience, The Poetry of Real offers a recommended reading list at the end. I think my biggest issue with this book is that it tries to be both an explanation of Einstein's theories and a dramatization of his life. As a result, both of those goals feel underdeveloped. Several philosophers and scientist show up without a proper introduction, creating the need for footnotes. On the other hand, the science flew a bit over my head as well. Some events showed up briefly but were so fleeting that I couldn't process them (Einstein's second wife was also his cousin-once-removed, for example). Had Kahil and Iglesias focused more on Einstein's life without trying to go in-depth on the science, I think that would have made for a better experience. The wall of text needed to explain relativity in its nuance isn't quite compatible with the graphic novel format. However, I thought this book was visually delightful. I don't know exactly what it is about Iglesias' art style that I like so much, but it was the perfect tonal fit for the story. It almost looks like the whole book could have been sketched on someone's lecture notes. The art style is somehow both simple and complex, and I think it was my favorite part of this book. Einstein: The Poetry of Real is a good book for people who want to learn more about Einstein, but don't quite know where to start. It is far from a complete story, so reading it will leave you with more questions than answers. Then again, perhaps that's a testament to the man himself.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ramie

    The art is probably 4-5 stars. The story itself is 3-4. I suspect its very difficult to figure out what to include and not include in a comic that is tackling historical figures. Probably the best Ive personally read in this category of comic / graphical novel form was March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and artist Nate Powell. Albert Einstein definitely isnt as memorable as that one but it is still a very good tool for easing folks into stories such as that of Albert Einstein when that would not The art is probably 4-5 stars. The story itself is 3-4. I suspect it’s very difficult to figure out what to include and not include in a comic that is tackling historical figures. Probably the best I’ve personally read in this category of comic / graphical novel form was March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and artist Nate Powell. Albert Einstein definitely isn’t as memorable as that one but it is still a very good tool for easing folks into stories such as that of Albert Einstein when that would not usually be someone they’d read about. It’s in no way a comprehensive biography but I wouldn’t expect it to be in this form. It still covers a lot. Its focus is primarily on the science but the story of the man is here. It’s at least enough to get someone curious to read more. i would put this book as an ideal book for classrooms later in elementary school through high school.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carmen María Pérez

    This is a biography of Albert Einstein. The narrative goes back and forth in time. The author presents Einstein's greatest achievements, his loves, his friends, his regrets, his passion for music as a weapon for loneliness, and his inner suffering about Jews fate in some parts of Europe. The narrative is heavy on dialogue and tries to do possibly too much (trying to cover the entire life). The art is stunning black and white. It inspires me to read more about this great genius. I give it 4 stars This is a biography of Albert Einstein. The narrative goes back and forth in time. The author presents Einstein's greatest achievements, his loves, his friends, his regrets, his passion for music as a weapon for loneliness, and his inner suffering about Jews fate in some parts of Europe. The narrative is heavy on dialogue and tries to do possibly too much (trying to cover the entire life). The art is stunning black and white. It inspires me to read more about this great genius. I give it 4 stars out of five.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Definitely would have appreciated something like this when I was young. It would have been easier to to cultivate an interest and understanding of physics seeing humanity, passion, and hope behind it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Grabs

    Fantastic graphic novel about one of the brightest minds of the modern age. The amount and research and detail in the work will appeal to many readers and educate without feeling like they're reading a lecture or biography.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maudaevee

    I have to say right up front, I'm not really into graphic novels but I do like anything Einstein! I thought this one was pretty good. I liked the graphics and the story flowed better than some I've tried in the past.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Wright

    Great nonfiction graphic novel for anyone interested in Einstein or a collector. Was a bit bummed that the images were in black & white. This would be a good book for any library in the YA section or even middle grade.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Jensen

    Einstein is narrating his life to a young friend. Footnotes help clarify the text.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tomas

    I received an electronic ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review. Marwan Kahil's rendition of Albert Einsteins life is absolutely amazing. This graphic novel paints a rare and intimate picture of Einstein that will be remembered for a long time. I highly recommend this graphic novel to everyone. I learned a lot of new things that I wasn't taught in school as a child.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Abbi

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    TJ

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    Natasha

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  19. 4 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Cristie Underwood

  22. 5 out of 5

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  24. 5 out of 5

    William Kahn

  25. 5 out of 5

    Donna Smith

  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Mara

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  29. 4 out of 5

    Steff Pasciuti

  30. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Roberts

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