Einstein's Dreams (Paperback)Alan Lightman (author)
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Experimental yet accessible, Lightman’s hugely inventive novel centres on a dozing Albert Einstein imagining numerous different worlds each with their own conception of time in a tour de force of storytelling craft and profound empathy.
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.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 120 g
Dimensions: 194 x 130 x 18 mm
Endlessly fascinating. A beguiling inquiry into the not-at-all theoretical, utterly time-tangled, tragic and sublime nature of human life * The Boston Globe *
Lightman is an artist who paints with the notion of time * Los Angeles Times *
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