Search Results: "Hans-Christian Schmidt"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"Overall, von Baeyer does extremely well by words alone, but a few illustrations would have underscored the trickier points."
Further essays from William and Mary physicist von Baeyer, who pleased with Taming the Atom (1992) and Rainbows, Snowflakes, and Quarks (1984). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"And all this told in that combination of depth of knowledge and eyewitness narrative that marks the best science writing. (Eight pages of color illustrations—not seen.)"
Take seriously that subtitle—for what this fascinating book is all about are devices and procedures that allow the imaging of even a single atom suspended in a tiny doughnut-shaped trap. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 1, 1998

"Readers are advised to follow Feynman's principle: Read until you don't understand, then go back and reread."
Von Baeyer (Physics/Coll. of William and Mary) offers assorted views of the —demon— and how he's been slain over time to preserve the sacred second law of thermodynamics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THUMBELINA by Hans Christian Andersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"And even though her eye makeup looks like it was laid on with a trowel, the preciousness that tends to infect other renditions of the tale is less evident in this readable adaptation. (Picture book/fairy tale. 8-10)"
Minor details and most of Andersen's literary flourishes have been cut out of this shortened version, but the essential plot is intact. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA by Hans Christian Andersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"A rendering to bring a smile or possibly a giggle. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
This unadorned translation of Andersen's whimsical tale comes from a German edition of 2007. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NIGHTINGALE by Hans Christian Andersen
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"As the opening line says, 'This story happened long, long ago, but that is all the more reason for telling it again, lest it be forgotten. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
A fresh version of Andersen's tender tale is illustrated with delicate watercolors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE UGLY DUCKLING by Hans Christian Andersen
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"The unnamed translator has edited out the most violent verbal and physical abuse found in the original, making a place for it in collections for younger picture-book readers yet losing the story's raw spark. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-6)"
A gentler, milder version of Andersen's classic tale of the misunderstood cygnet, inexplicably despised for his comparatively large size and definite lack of yellow but not for any real ugliness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SNOW QUEEN by Hans Christian Andersen
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Birmingham's paintings, snow- or sun-dappled according to the scene, have a Turner-esque quality that complements the period, presenting round-cheeked children and a soullessly beautiful Snow Queen in both intimate vignettes and expansive double-page spreads. (Illustrated fairy tale. 7-12)"
Andersen's lengthy, sentimental fairy tale receives respectful treatment in this handsome new edition, which hews closely to the original story. Read full book review >