Journey By Starlight
A Time Traveler's Guide to Life, the Universe, and Everything
By lan Flitcroft
Illustrated by Britt Spencer
$18.95, 204 pages, 6x9, ISBN:978-1-935548-23-2
"Journey By Starlight...has the potential
to open up physics and the realm of Einstein to unsuspecting comics
fans, which means [Dr. Ian] Flitcroft's journey is a success."
"Journey By Starlight starts with exactly the point
I raised during a meeting at the CERN physics laboratory and communicates
an enthusiasm to explore the cosmos with clarity, humor, and surprisingly
subtle insights. This book will, I hope, inspire and enthuse a new
generation to explore and to think."
-Dr. Andrew Pinsent, Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion,
"You can get more information by reading Albert's journey,
than by watching Discovery Channel for 400 years!"
"This should be required reading for the first day of every
physics, calculus, and chemistry course taught."
"Clear and fun, it reminds me of Carl Sagan's Cosmos."
"It's kinda amazing how I can read and understand this when
I'm in 6th grade."
"You bravely tackled difficult topics and concepts in a very
clear, easy, and fun-to-read manner. Brilliant!"
-Praise for Journey By Starlight from Readers Like You!
Albert Einstein said his first ideas about relativity came from
looking in the mirror as a teenager and wondering what it would
be like to travel on a beam of light. This is the story of that
Journey By Starlight follows Albert Einstein and his traveling
companion through space and time as they travel on a beam of light
from a star 3,200 light-years away to Earth. Along the way, Einstein
explains the science behind everything from the origins of the universe
to the meaning of life, relativity, black holes, quantum mechanics,
climate change, evolution vs. intelligent design, and how the brain
works, all delivered in fun, easy-to-understand, bite-sized chunks.
Based on the popular blog of the same name, Journey by Starlight
has been given the graphic novel treatment, pairing the narrative
with fantastic, whimsical artwork.
Dr. Ian Flitcroft is a vision scientist and
a consultant eye surgeon at the Children's University Hospital,
Dublin. As a teenager, he made a close call between choosing medicine
or astrophysics as a career, but he hopes this book will encourage
a new generation of astrophysicists, scientists, and, perhaps, even
a few eye surgeons.
Ian studied medicine at Oxford University, where he also completed
his doctorate (D.Phil) in visual physiology before going on to complete
his medical training at St Mary's Hospital, London. As a writer,
he has published more than 30 scientific peer-reviewed papers and
chapters in multi-author books. His writing has been featured in
Do Polar Bears Get Lonely (New Scientist and Profile Books,
2008), and his first novel, The Reluctant Cannibals, was
one of the winners of the Dublin Writers Centre Novel Competition
Journey By Starlight is based on his award-winning popular
science blog (www.journeybystarlight.com),
which has been viewed more than 700,000 times. Ian lives in Dublin
with his wife and three sons.
Britt Spencer is an award-winning illustrator with a BFA
and MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Since his arrival into the commercial art world, Britt's work has
been published internationally and been recognized by the distinguished
New York Society of Illustrators and the Society of Illustrators
West. He is also the illustrator for several children's books, including
Penguin/Philomel Books' Fleas! (2008), Make Your Mark,
Franklin Roosevelt (2007), and Zarafa: The Giraffe Who Walked
to the King (2009).
Britt lives in Savannah, Georgia. You can see more of his work at
his website (www.brittspencer.com).