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Einstein's Dreams

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Author: Alan Lightman

NATIONAL BESTSELLER - A modern classic explores the connections between science and art, the process of creativity, and ultimately the fragility of human existence.

"A magical, metaphysical realm ... Captivating, enchanting, delightful." --The New York Times

Einstein's Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, about time, relativity and physics. As the defiant but sensitive young genius is creating his theory of relativity, a new conception of time, he imagines many possible worlds. In one, time is circular, so that people are fated to repeat triumphs and failures over and over. In another, there is a place where time stands still, visited by lovers and parents clinging to their children. In another, time is a nightingale, sometimes trapped by a bell jar.

Now translated into thirty languages, Einstein's Dreams has inspired playwrights, dancers, musicians, and painters all over the world. In poetic vignettes, it explores the connections between science and art, the process of creativity, and ultimately the fragility of human existence.

Publisher: Vintage
Published: 11/09/2004
Pages: 144
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.25lbs
Size: 7.90h x 5.10w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9781400077809

Review Citation(s):
Science 06/05/2009 pg. 1268

About the Author

ALAN LIGHTMAN is the author of six novels, including Einstein's Dreams, which was an international bestseller, and The Diagnosis, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He is also the author of three collections of essays and several books on science. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Granta, Harper's, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and Nature, among other publications. Since beginning his career as a theoretical physicist, Lightman has taught at Harvard and at MIT, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and in the humanities. He lives in the Boston area.


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