oh_juli, September 27, 2006 (view all comments by oh_juli)
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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Vintage Books USA -
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.
by The Boston Globe,
"Endlessly fascinating. A beguiling inquiry into the not-at-all theoretical, utterly time-tangled, tragic and sublime nature of human life."
by Los Angeles Times,
"Lightman is an artist who paints with the notion of time."
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.
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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