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Picturebook of physics

Last Fall, physicist and author Brian Greene published a picturebook for grown-ups about Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Icarus at the Edge of Time is the story of a kid named Icarus, living on a space ship, fascinated with black holes. The Amazon page has a little video of Greene explaining more about the book.

I listened to the short NPR Krulwich on Science blurb about the book and why Greene wrote it.

What I liked about Greene’s intent of writing the book (and I haven’t read it so I can’t say whether or not he succeeded) was to show “real-life” applications of “really out there” scientific concepts and bring them into a context most people could understand and/or care about.

This is a long tradition of using songs, fables, and storytelling (definitely an art in its own right) to relay history, science, and other important tidbits of information. Just remember the dry bones song? I’m excited to see that this method of telling quick little, NOT TRUE, but still informative stories is still being used, and not just to teach biology to little kids in Sunday school, but to students of all ages.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.