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 ...
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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I rarely like artsy books written by scientists and this was no exception. Lightman imagined different worlds systematically, but unfortunately the people in them were cardboard.
Mar 12, 2009
read the book
This book it's amazing!! for every age. Have short dreams about Einstein when he as writing his theory of relativity!! i love june 9 1905!! read it!!
Oct 23, 2007
Fun novel for anyone interested in physics
Set in the days leading up to Einstein's publication of his Theory of Relativity, this novel tells of Einstein dreaming of different ways time might flow. Want to know what the world would be like if time really flowed in circle, dooming evryone to commit the same mistakes over and over? Or a world completely acausal and lacking any real relationship to time? Enter Einstein's Dreams and find out!
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