This Just In! Einstein’s Dreams, by Alan Lightman

Einstein's Dreams, by Alan Lightman

Einstein's Dreams, by Alan LightmanWhy This? I’ve read Alan Lightman before. His book Reunion was to me was a mixture of philosopy, relationships and life choices that I am not quite sure I fully understood, but found it enjoyable to think about.  Since then have been looking for another of his books to read.  I have heard good things about this one.  In fact Amanda at Life and Times of a “New” New Yorker has a review of Einstein’s Dreams up today, and it seems as though he is both still philosophical and enjoyable.  I traded for this on Swaptree, and I knew it was coming but I didn’t know when, so it was a surprise in my mailbox.  It came more quickly than I thought.

What’s It About? If you liked the eerie whimsy of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, Steven Millhauser’s Little Kingdoms, or Jorge Luis Borges’s Labyrinths, you will love Alan Lightman’s ethereal yet down-to-earth book Einstein’s Dreams. Lightman teaches physics and writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, helping bridge the light-year-size gap between science and the humanities, the enemy camps C.P. Snow famously called The Two Cultures.

Einstein’s Dreams became a bestseller by delighting both scientists and humanists. It is technically a novel. Lightman uses simple, lyrical, and literal details to locate Einstein precisely in a place and time–Berne, Switzerland, spring 1905, when he was a patent clerk privately working on his bizarre, unheard-of theory of relativity. The town he perceives is vividly described, but the waking Einstein is a bit player in this drama.

How exciting!

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  1. I can’t wait to see what you think of this. One of Vance’s roomies is very intellectual and he loves this book.