Icarus at the Edge of Time

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2008 - Fiction - 32 pages
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From one of America's leading physicists—a moving and visually stunning futuristic reimagining of the Icarus fable written for kids and those journeying with them toward a deeper appreciation of the cosmos. With a minimum of words set on 34 full color boardbook pages, Icarus travels not to the sun, but to a black hole, and in so doing poignantly dramatizes one of Einstein's greatest insights.

Unlike anything Brian Greene has previously written, Icarus at the Edge of Time uses the power of story, not pedagogy, to communicate viscerally one small part of the strange reality that has emerged from modern physics. Designed by Chip Kidd, with spectacular images from the Hubble Space Telescope, it's a short story that speaks to curiosity and wisdom in a universe we've only begun to fathom.

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Gorgeous photos. Story concept is engaging and shares good science (more at author's note). I found the language itself to be somehow awkward & flat. And I found the 'board' pages distracting. Nobody in my family can figure out why it isn't simply on good quality picture-book paper. Read full review

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User Review  - AbigailAdams26 - LibraryThing

A board-book for all ages, Briane Greene's Icarus at the Edge of Time is a futuristic reinvention of the Greek myth of Icarus, the boy who disregarded his father's advice, and flew too near the sun ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Brian Greene is the author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos. He was educated at Harvard University and at Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 1996, he joined Columbia University as a professor of physics and mathematics. He has lectured at both a general and a technical level around the world and is internationally acknowledged for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory. In May 2008 he'll be chairing the first annual World Science Festival, a gathering of the world's leading scientists in New York City. Brian Greene lives in Andes, New York, and New York City.

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