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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:

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

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

Synopsis:

A modern classic, Einsteins 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, Einsteins 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.

Synopsis:

An imaginary re-creation of Einstein's discovery of the nature of time, this novel takes readers through the young patent clerk's many dreams depicting compelling conceptions of time. New signed, boxed edition.

About the Author

Alan Lightman was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and educated at Princeton and the California Institute of Technology. His books include the novels Good Benito, The Diagnosis, and Reunion; a collection of essays and fables, Dance for Two; and several books on science. His latest, a collection of essays, A Sense of the Mysterious, will be published by Pantheon books in January 2005. He lives in Massachusetts.

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While avoiding concrete physical concepts, Lightman takes you by the hand in the exploration of time's possibility. Very mind expanding in a comprehensive way. Beautifully written, poetry of physics! Whether you've picked this up for it's literary or conceptual value, you will not be dissapointed.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400077809
Author:
Lightman, Alan
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Physicists
Subject:
Time
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
20041131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x .35 in .3 lb

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Product details 144 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400077809 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."
"Synopsis" by , A modern classic, Einsteins 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, Einsteins 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.

"Synopsis" by , An imaginary re-creation of Einstein's discovery of the nature of time, this novel takes readers through the young patent clerk's many dreams depicting compelling conceptions of time. New signed, boxed edition.
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