The story of a little boy who asked big questions — and grew up to be a world-famous scientist! Plus, an interview with astrophysicist Chung-Pei Ma, who spends her days searching for black holes in the far reaches of our universe.

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On a Beam of Light
“On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein.” Text copyright © 2013 by Jennifer Berne. Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Vladimir Radunsky. Published by Chronicle Books. Reproduced by permission of the author.


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We asked Jennifer Berne, the author of On a Beam of Light, to tell us why she decided to write about Albert Einstein. Here’s what she said:

“I think I’m still a curious little kid at heart. I want to know what the world and the universe are all about. The amazing secrets behind how things work. And I’m especially thrilled when I find out that it took creativity and imagination to discover those secrets, to solve those mysteries. So, of course, Einstein was the perfect person for me to write about. His own child-like curiosity, his search to discover the workings of space, time, light, gravity — the mysteries of the universe — and his creative problem-solving, all made him irresistible to me. And, on top of that, he was a brilliant and joyful character. Can you tell how much I adore him?!” -- Jennifer Berne, author of On a Beam of Light


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