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Einstein's Dreams - Alan Lightman
Einstein's Dreams
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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.... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781400077809 (140007780X)
ASIN: 140007780X
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 144
Edition language: English
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3.0 Review of Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman
This is a very difficult book to read. It is a short book with many short chapters that each tell a different fictional story that takes a unique look at how the concept of time works. The ideas are based off of Einstein and his theory of relativity (Einstein is the subject of a few interlude chap...
Linhtalinhtinh
Linhtalinhtinh rated it
A small book and yet it contains so many big ideas. Simple writing and yet it takes time to fully digest.It somewhat reminds me of [b:Invisible Cities|9809|Invisible Cities|Italo Calvino|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1348058607s/9809.jpg|68476], b/c of its fantastic elements. But its to...
Rowena's Reviews
Rowena's Reviews rated it
5.0
I had an awful Physics teacher at University, but one thing he was good at was getting the class to understand Einstein's Theory of Relativity, which has always fascinated me.This book was brilliant. Imagine a world where time is a circle.Or a world where cause and effect are erratic. Or a world whe...
NTE
NTE rated it
To heavy for right now: or I'm too dense for it right now.
The Book Devourer
The Book Devourer rated it
5.0
I think I started this book almost a week ago, thinking it was going to be a lunchtime read for me, a couple of days lunches at the most. And then I started reading it and I would stop every few pages and look around. I read it aloud to my husband, my best friend, to myself. If this book belonged to...
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