Einstein's Dreams

Einstein's Dreams

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By (author) Alan P. Lightman

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  • Publisher: Corsair
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 12mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 3 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1780335571
  • ISBN 13: 9781780335575
  • Sales rank: 45,302

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A modern classic, Einstein's Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland. 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.

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Alan Lightman is a novelist, essayist, physicist, and educator. Currently, he is Adjunct Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is married to Jean Greenblatt Lightman, a painter, and has two daughters, Elyse and Kara.

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A magical, metaphysical realm...Captivating, enchanting, delightful The New York Times Endlessly fascinating. A beguiling inquiry into the not-at-all theoretical, utterly time-tangled, tragic and sublime nature of human life The Boston Globe Lightman is an artist who paints with the notion of time Los Angeles Times