The Brown University Book Award is awarded to an outstanding high school or preparatory school junior who best combines academic excellence with clarity in written and spoken expression.This year (2019-2020) the Brown University Book Award will be Proving Einstein Right: The Daring Expeditions that Changed How We Look at the Universe by S. James Gates, Jr. (Ford Foundation Professor of Physics, Director of the Brown Theoretical Physics Center, and Faculty Fellow, Watson Institute for International Studies & Public Affairs at Brown University) and Cathie Pelletier, an award winning author who has written twelve acclaimed novels, many of which have been translated into numerous languages, and two of which have been made into films.
In 1911, a relatively unknown physicist named Albert Einstein published his preliminary (and incorrect) theory of gravity. But it hadn’t been tested. To do that, he needed a photograph of starlight as it passed the sun during a total solar eclipse. So began a nearly decade-long quest by seven determined astronomers from observatories in four countries, who traveled the world during five eclipses to capture the elusive sight. At its heart, this is a story of frustration, faith, and ultimate victory–and of the scientists whose efforts helped build the framework for the big bang theory, catapulted Einstein to international fame, and shook the very foundation of physics.The Brown University Book Award is one price, $37.95, which includes shipping and handling.--Please put the name of the school(s) you are renewing in the pop-up form.
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