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In this fascinating little novel, a collection of related short stories all share the theme of time. While Albert Einstein tries to pin down his theory of relativity, he dreams of worlds in which time does not progress as unrelentingly forward as it does for us. Lightman has an uncanny way of weaving hard science into his fiction, which makes his stories seem all the more real. With beautiful prose, Lightman's tiny novel is unlike anything else you've ever read.
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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.

Review:

"Alan Lightman uses varying concepts of time as a thread to hold together a set of short sketches which are meant to be fictional dreams Einstein has while he is working on his theory of relativity. He dreams worlds in which time runs backwards, or is circular, or is different for each person. Time is a malleable substance in Mr. Lightman's hands which he molds into many tiny statuettes for our study and delight. A beautifully written and thoughtprovoking book." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Review:

"Endlessly fascinating. A beguiling inquiry into the not-at-all theoretical, utterly time-tangled, tragic and sublime nature of human life." The Boston Globe

Review:

"Lightman is an artist who paints with the notion of time." Los Angeles Times

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walkaways, January 7, 2013 (view all comments by walkaways)
This novel is in fact a treatise on the many guises of time. Time, herein, is delineated in its multi-faceted physical, if ephemeral, but concrete nature as revealed since Einstein made his famous early 20th century jumps. While, simultaneously, Lightman--wonderful name for a physicist turned novelist--overlays washes of human time: e.g. a mother, who's child has grown up and moved away, perceives it. Time intermingled with love assume meta-metaphor status in this gentle delight.
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Darlene Aigen, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by Darlene Aigen)
This is a charming and thought-provoking little book (I say "little book" because of its diminuitive size). It is a series of poetic vignettes on the nature of time...a series of "what ifs." What if time moved backwards? What if time moved at different speeds in different places? Each vignette is beautiful and jewel-like in nature. I highly recommend it.
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Amy F, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Amy F)
An interesting voyage thru Einstein's world. The writing is beautiful and the subject unique. A wonderful collection of stories.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446670111
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Lightman, Alan
Publisher:
Warner Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Dreams
Subject:
Physicists
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Time
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Time -- Fiction.
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no. 8, 12, 16
Publication Date:
February 1994
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
179
Dimensions:
6.40x4.62x.64 in. .39 lbs.

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Product details 179 pages Warner Books - English 9780446670111 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

In this fascinating little novel, a collection of related short stories all share the theme of time. While Albert Einstein tries to pin down his theory of relativity, he dreams of worlds in which time does not progress as unrelentingly forward as it does for us. Lightman has an uncanny way of weaving hard science into his fiction, which makes his stories seem all the more real. With beautiful prose, Lightman's tiny novel is unlike anything else you've ever read.

"Review" by , "Endlessly fascinating. A beguiling inquiry into the not-at-all theoretical, utterly time-tangled, tragic and sublime nature of human life."
"Review" by , "Lightman is an artist who paints with the notion of time."
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