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Icarus at the Edge of Time [Anglais] [Cartonné]

Brian Greene

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2 septembre 2008
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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“Terrific . . . Page after page shows gorgeous, swirling color set in the blackness of infinity . . . Against these stunning visuals is a retelling of the classical myth of Icarus.”
–Meghan Cox Gurdon, Wall Street Journal

“Do your part to get kids psyched about science with physicist Brian Greene’s Icarus at the Edge of Time, a futuristic fable that will take you and your budding scientists to the ends of the universe and back. Full-color photos from the Hubble Space Telescope bring the beauty of the cosmos right to your fingertips.”
Parade Magazine

“A perfect book for smart parents to read to smart children. Plus, it will make all concerned even smarter.”
–Tim Follos, Washington Post Express

“Moving and successful . . . Beautifully illustrated . . . The images frame the deep and complex thought at the heart of the tale . . . [Greene] weaves the wonder of modern physics through the fabric of his story–and thus enables his readers to confront its strangeness themselves.”
–Thomas Levenson, Seed Magazine

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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful Book for Kids of all Ages! 19 septembre 2008
Par Valerie Overton - Publié sur
In this visually impressive, artfully designed book, the old Myth of Icarus is cleverly updated into the far future, while at the same time seamlessly weaving in some of the science behind black holes. What an inventive way to get kids (and their parents!) turned onto science. No pressure--no classroom--no tests. Using a minimum of words to convey the story, Dr. Greene's writing inspires the reader to imagine a journey to a black hole and to really experience the emotional tug of Einstein and relativity. I decided to buy this book after I read about it in the Wall Street Journal--they called it a 'terrific book.' I couldn't agree more.

Having read the reviews so far on Amazon, I noticed that some readers were surprised to receive a book meant for a younger audience. I found this puzzling since Amazon clearly describes the book as a 34 page board book, listing it in several categories including 'juvenile fiction.' The buyer is also able to click on two of the book's pages, so it is hard to know where the confusion is coming from. Perhaps in their surprise to see a children's book come from such a learned author, some Amazon buyers have described this as a 'pre-school' book. This is inaccurate, although a pre-schooler would certainly love to look at the gorgeous photographs. I would recommend this book to elementary school age kids, adolescents, and adults. This is because 'Icarus at the Edge of Time' truly is a 'book for all ages,' with its stunning visual imagery, poignant story line, and accessible information about the science of black holes.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Truly Wonderful 8 septembre 2008
Par Evelyn Barclay - Publié sur
I would imagine it a daunting challenge to meld a compelling storyline, interesting characters you care about, and, of all things, physics--and to do so in a few thousand words would seem more daunting still. But that is what Brian Greene has accomplished in Icarus at the Edge of Time.

In the space of a few dozen pages, with gorgeous full color imagery, we are brought into the world of a futuristic Icarus, living aboard a spaceship racing for the stars. When a black hole intervenes, Icarus can't resist his urge to explore it, and Greene cleverly uses this analog of the original (Icarus's journey near the sun) to combine the ancient myth with up-to-date astrophysics. The result is quietly wonderful.

The original myth has stayed with us as long as it has because children will always have a rebellious streak and will always, at some point, challenge their parent's wisdom. In Greene's hands, the myth takes on a more nuanced character as Icarus doesn't die but instead suffers a different, more startling outcome.

I read the story to my 5 year old and he loved it. I'm not sure how much he understood about black holes and the science of the ending, but the story carried him (the telltale sign--he asked me to read it again tonight) and he's been asking all sorts of questions about space travel and gravity. (I don't think he knew the word gravity before this book.) This morning my husband read it (his more of a science buff and knows Greene from his other books), and thought the book a moving way to illustrate complex science. For me, I don't know much science, but feel that if I'd been introduced to the subject by a book like this, I would have wanted to learn more. I do now. And I didn't expect that.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Intriguing New Approach for Sparking Kid's Interest in Science 22 septembre 2008
Par G. I. Sternberg - Publié sur
I read about this book in SEED magazine as it was one of two books featured in an article that asked how to best get kids interested in science. The article praised this book so I picked it up at B&N. I have now just purchased a second copy for my niece. It's a short but exquisite contribution to children's literature.

Without giving anything away, the book rewrites the Icarus myth as a means for young readers to see one of Einstein's important discoveries play itself out in short story form.

Thankfully, the book is a mere thirty pages and does not include a science lecture. This allows it to be read by kids, or to kids as a bedtime story in the tradition of the classics, from Max to Horton, with the intriguing difference that the storyline is steered by scientific principles. The conversations it has already sparked in my house, about time and stars and space travel, are just great.

Some Amazon reviewers seem to be looking for another kind of book. You won't learn physics from this book and your child won't either. But in some kids, the book will surely plant the seeds of interest in science.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not quite ALL ages, but engaging for at least middle school and up 4 novembre 2008
Par Scott Woods - Publié sur
I wouldn't call this a book for ALL ages, but it certainly has resonance for at least readers of a middle school level and up.

As a story, it is a tight, fine re-imagining of the legend of Icarus, with the waxy wings being replaced by a spacecraft that flies too close to a black hole despite warnings from a father figure. The book itself is made on board book pages that sport nice photos of stars and nebulas and such, if a little redundant (no people, no ships...just space in all its natural glory). Don't let the board book pages fool you: the language is probably a little higher than all-ages comprehension truly suggests.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not what I expected 10 septembre 2008
Par Texas Rose - Publié sur
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So, this is not at all what I expected it to be, but that is not especially a bad thing. When I heard Greene was publishing a novel, I did not expect a board book, but that is what I got. However, I am pleasantly surprised. Greene has blended some of Hubble's most astonishing pictures with the mythological Icarus story, and in so doing explains some black hole theory along the way.

This beautiful board book is suitable for all - from young children to the older children-at-heart like me and my husband.
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