News

James Patterson and Einstein archivists creating new series

PRINT Created with Sketch.
PRINT

James Patterson and Einstein archivists creating new series

PRINT Created with Sketch.
PRINT

Already co-writing a political thriller with former President Bill Clinton, James Patterson is now set for a collaboration with the managers of Albert Einstein’s archives.

The best-selling and prolific novelist is developing a series for middle schoolers inspired by Einstein’s scientific discoveries. In a licensing deal with the Einstein archive, Little Brown will publish the first of three planned books, currently untitled, next fall. The release will come through the author’s own JIMMY Patterson children’s imprint.

“I love the idea of introducing Einstein and the ideas of science to millions of kids around the world,” says Patterson, sounding childlike himself as he speaks of “taking this so freaking seriously.”

Patterson, admittedly still learning when it comes to science, has worked in an innovation of his own. The series’ young protagonist, Max Einstein, is a girl.

“Women are definitely underrated in science and I wanted to address that,” he told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. Little, Brown describes Max as “inventive, irreverent, highly imaginative,” one who “loves to solve problems in fun, unconventional ways, much like Einstein himself.”

“The high-stakes adventure series follows Max and the world’s brightest kids as they travel the globe to solve humanity’s biggest problems with the power of science,” the publisher announced.

Financial terms for the books were not disclosed. According to Little Brown, Einstein archivists will assist Patterson with research and also have input in the manuscripts and artwork. Proceeds will be divided among the archive, the publisher and Patterson.

Einstein has inspired fiction before, such as Alan Lightman’s critically praised “Einstein’s Dreams.” He also was the subject of a best-selling biography by Walter Isaacson and of numerous biographies for children.

Officials for the Einstein archives, which are based at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, cite Patterson’s enormous popularity and see the new series as an ideal way to expand Einstein’s appeal among young people. Dr. Roni Grosz, curator of the archives, praised Patterson’s ability to keep readers interested.

“You don’t want readers just putting the books down because they’re not interesting enough,” he told the AP. “There’s tremendous interest in Einstein, but it’s not easy to convey his lessons and his knowledge. These books are one way to package this rather complex information and present it to young readers.”

Read the source article at Washington Post

SHARE

RELATED ARTICLES

Humanities

Beautiful New Stalactite Cave Discovered During Work for New...

Beautiful New Stalactite Cave Discovered...

READ MORE
Science/Technology

Startup Says It's First to Copy Spider's Silk Spinning...

Startup Says It's First to Copy Spider's...

READ MORE
Science/Technology

High Exposure: Canon Inc. Acquires Briefcam

High Exposure: Canon Inc. Acquires...

READ MORE
Agriculture

Hebrew University's Yissum launches ag-tech accelerator

Hebrew University's Yissum launches...

READ MORE
Humanities

Hidden Text Found on 'Blank' Dead Sea Scrolls

Hidden Text Found on 'Blank' Dead Sea...

READ MORE
Agriculture

Lab-grown meat co FutureMeat Technologies raises $2.2m

Lab-grown meat co FutureMeat...

READ MORE
Agriculture

The Goal: Printing the Perfect Burger from Cellulose

The Goal: Printing the Perfect Burger...

READ MORE
Medicine/Health

Prolonged acetaminophen use during pregnancy linked to...

Prolonged acetaminophen use during...

READ MORE
Medicine/Health

Scientists chart a new map of human genome using stem cells

Scientists chart a new map of human...

READ MORE
Medicine/Health

Your memories could be read and replayed after you die

Your memories could be read and replayed...

READ MORE
X WHITE Copy Created with Sketch. X
Lightbox Increment Created with Sketch.
Arrow NEXT-image Created with Sketch.