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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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Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
3.5 Einstein's Dreams
Not quite what I thought it was going to be, but interesting and thought-provoking nonetheless. My expectations were more along the lines of a fictional re-creation of Einstein's musings concerning the physics of time as depicted through his daydreams. I was almost right. Instead, each entry ...
Reading For The Heck Of It
Reading For The Heck Of It rated it
4.5 Delightful surprise
I love science. I also love learning about scientific theories and the scientists who brought them to light. Initially, I thought Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman was a true account of how Einstein came up with his theory of time (relativity). Instead this collection contains fictionalized diary e...
Book Thoughts
Book Thoughts rated it
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...
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