Einstein's Dreams

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Pantheon Books, 1993 - Fiction - 179 pages
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It is ten minutes past six by the invisible clock on the wall. Minute by minute new objects gain form. In the dim light of morning the young patent clerk sprawls in his chair, head down on his desk. For the past several months, he has dreamed many dreams about time. His dreams have taken hold of his research. But the dreaming is finished. Out of many possible natures of time, imagined in as many nights, one seems compelling. Not that the others are impossible. The others might exist in other worlds. The patent clerk is Albert Einstein. In his dreams he imagines new worlds, in which time can be circular, or flow backwards, or slow down at higher altitudes, or take the form of a nightingale. Einstein's Dreams is an enchantment and a literary adventure, one which Salman Rushdie has compared to Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities: "And I really can't think of higher praise. It is at once intellectually provocative and touching and comic and so very beautifully written. Quite frankly I haven't been so excited by a novel, let alone a first novel, for a very long time".
 

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Alan Lightman is a physicist. In this fiction debut he imagines the kinds of dreams Einstein might have had in the spring and early summer of 1905, when he was a patent clerk in Switzerland, and ... Read full review

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I finished this in one day. The writing is evocative and lyrical. Each essay presents a different concept of time by illustrating how it would affect human behavior. In many cases, they illustrate how people actually view time and how that view can be detrimental. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
8
Section 3
13
Section 4
18
Section 5
23
Section 6
28
Section 7
33
Section 8
38
Section 19
102
Section 20
107
Section 21
112
Section 22
117
Section 23
123
Section 24
128
Section 25
133
Section 26
138

Section 9
43
Section 10
49
Section 11
55
Section 12
61
Section 13
66
Section 14
70
Section 15
75
Section 16
80
Section 17
85
Section 18
90
Section 27
145
Section 28
148
Section 29
153
Section 30
158
Section 31
163
Section 32
167
Section 33
172
Section 34
177
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About the author (1993)

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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