This friendly, devoted biography of Albertus Magnus outlines the life of one of the greatest medieval teachers, the man who taught Thomas Aquinas at Cologne and who established, against odds, the freedom to inquire into the world of nature by scientific experiments. Born in Lauingen, Germany, in the 12th century, Albert Von Bollstadt enjoyed a rich youth's life of learning and leisure at home and in Italy. But as the need to teach became more apparent, he Joined the Dominicans, an order with a religious ardour through which Albert could make the most of his teaching. Fame came to him at Cologne, and censure too. But while Albert was decried for butting into nature's divine order he won the battle for inquiry. The account of his success carries the conviction of his character too.