Einstein's Dreams

Einstein s Dreams A modern classic Einstein s Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland As the defiant but sensitive young genius is

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 failuA 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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Einstein's Dreams

  1. Alan Lightman is a physicist, novelist, and essayist born in Memphis, Tennessee He is an adjunct professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author of the international bestseller Einstein s Dreams.

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  1. Some of the best fun I have had in recent years of reading came in the two hours it took me to read this including frantic back tracks and hop skips fantastic book Time is the hero of this collection and comes veiled in every twisted garb we can conceive, or rather, that Einstein can dream up Einstein in his mad canter towards discovering the most revolutionary idea in science tumbles right down an imaginary wonderland in this book.What comes out of the recesses of Einstein s brooding on the nat [...]

  2. How do you check the time If you spend a lot of time on your computer, you may simply swivel your eyes to the top right hand corner of the screen Or perhaps you wear a wrist watch so all you have to do is move your head slightly to check the time Maybe you rely on your phone and then you have to make of an effort, you have to put your hand in your pocket, pull out the phone and switch it on No You carry your phone in your hand at all times Then checking the time has never been easier In the spr [...]

  3. Poetic twists on the paradoxes of time.The quotidian becomes extraordinary and unsettling.Time travel needn t involve machines or blue boxes sorry, Apatt Lightman makes it leap off the page and into your mind, leaving you questioning the very root of reality Now that I am reading Borges, I assume Lightman was influenced by him and maybe others , in particular, the short story, Tl n, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius FORMATThere are about 30 very short chapters typically, three pages of well spaced text Each [...]

  4. Time has always fascinated me Well, I say always, but that s not true In fact, I m almost never fascinated by time Only very occasionally, in short bouts, whenever I happen to think about it If I d have to add up all the time during which I was fascinated by time, I don t think it would add up to much than a week, if that And yet, during my fascination with time, it feels like an endless, enduring fascination that I always carry around with me, and that I ve been subconsciously pondering on eve [...]

  5. One cannot walk down an avenue, converse with a friend, enter a building, browse beneath the sandstone arches of an old arcade without meeting an instrument of time Time is visible in all places Clock towers, wristwatches, church bells divide years into months, months into days, days into hours, hours into seconds, each increment of time marching after the other in perfect succession And beyond any particular clock, a vast scaffold of time, stretching across the universe, lays down the law of ti [...]

  6. 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 where time is not continuous These are a few of the worlds Einstein dreams up while he s working on his Theory Time is definitely a central theme in this book and few will be able to look at time or life i [...]

  7. In this world, a scientific theory is a game Scientific gamers spend their lives investigating new strategies, tactics, opening variations Most gamers work on established games chess, whist, electromagnetism but every now and then someone invents a new game The Institut f r Spielforschung on Hochschulstrasse in Bern is in the middle of hosting an international games conference Gamers have come from a dozen countries to present the results of their latest researches In the main auditorium, Profes [...]

  8. Einstein s Dreams, Alan Lightman Einstein s Dreams is a 1992 novel by Alan Lightman that was an international bestseller and has been translated into thirty languages The novel fictionalizes Albert Einstein as a young scientist who is troubled by dreams as he works on his theory of relativity in 1905 The book consists of 30 chapters, each exploring one dream about time that Einstein had during this period The framework of the book consists of a prelude, three interludes, and an epilogue Einstein [...]

  9. Exquisite, Everyone should read this book, everyone should give this book away, it should be thrown from rooftops and forced upon youngsters I will not venture to commingle a necessarily clunky and didactic summary with the poetic prose that is as much about the feeling stirred from reading each individual word than anything a summary could attempt Suffice it to say that this book is excellent, beautiful and amazing, if a book is universally capable of changing your life if only for a moment thi [...]

  10. This was for me a refreshing and delightful read on alternative conceptions of time, borne out of playful thought experiments set among the residents of the city of Berne Switzerland in 1908 These permutations are alternated with interludes from the daily life of Einstein, who was then using his free time as a patent office worker to develop his Special Theory of Relativity, which demands of us to conceive of time as just another dimension in the space time continuum Most will have heard of his [...]

  11. I didn t quite get this book I am sure it simply went over my head I m no stranger to physics and what not so I figured this would be a good read My review below is evidence of my frustration with this book.I don t understand how people not only rated this book so highly, but also claim to have had some kind of enlightening experience from having read it I thought this book was incredibly kitchy Each chapter is a vignette of a world with some perturbation in the way time itself works, and by the [...]

  12. There are few things disappointing than seeing an author take an idea that should fascinate and surprise us, and reducing it until it is little than a dull blip In the process of trying to render them accessible to his audience, he stripped from them anything that might be really challenging or thought provoking In the end, his writing simply lacked the subtlety and power required.The work is structured like that of other authors seeking aphoristic profundity, like Borges, Calvino, where each [...]

  13. Una dintre cele mai frumoase, inteligente i sensibile c r i citite anul sta.E o carte ce te pune pe g nduri, te face s sim i i s re cuno ti lucrurile ntr o alt lumin Totul prin joaca de a timpul, de a ce ar fi dac ar fi timpul inel, sau fluviu, sau arbore Pentru c nu tim ce e timpul Sau cum e Sau dac e Iar ipotezele autorului, limpezi i delicate precum stampele japoneze, umplu cititorul de mirare i nc ntare Tragedia acestei lumi este c nimeni nu este fericit, lipit ntr un timp al durerii sau al [...]

  14. Brain candy on the subjective and shifting nature of time, relativity, and human existence If Calvino s Invisible Cities explores fantasy in geography, then Einstein s Dreams explores fantasy and unreal times.

  15. Lightman interesting that his surname evokes Einstein has written a seemingly innocuous but profound little book As I went through my daily chores today, any words rising to the surface of my consciousness as I thought of the review I would be writing later which is now though that now exists no longer sounded like cliches, easy to speak of Time in that way, as everything we say, think and do is full of references to Time and can be done only in Time.Lightman s dream about the world every world [...]

  16. What a fun, fast relativelypun intended and thought provoking read Lightman presents easily over 20 depictions of Einstein s theory of relativity Each little vignette unveils a different world of how to perceive time If time were crystal ball, Lightman looks at this crystal ball from above, below, upside down, inside out, backwards, forward etc Although some of the stories weren t incredibly captivating most were and I would suggest this book to any artist visual musical literary or philosopher [...]

  17. Citind cartea lui Alan Lightman, i pare c te plimbi ntr o poezie fiecare cuv nt i are locul, fiecare fraz o completeaz minunat pe cea dinainte, fiecare idee i p trunde n minte i te r t ce te printre posibilit i.Dac timpul nu curge doar nainte Dac suntem condamna i s ne nv rtim n cerc, f r sc pare, repet nd la nesf r it fiecare alegere gre it , fiecare g nd, fiecare bucurie Sau dac , ntr o alt lume, cauza precede uneori efectul, sau invers, iar viitorul i trecutul sunt ntrep trunse Dac fiecare al [...]

  18. I don t remember this book well enough to write a full review But over a decade after reading it, one of the ideas presented in it has stayed with me That idea was that there are people who function according to the rhythms of their bodies, and those who function according to the rhythms of the clock The book suggested that a person can be one or the other, but not both At the time I read it, I was in the process of shifting away from my clock based life, and things have never quite been the sam [...]

  19. Sat rico, original, reflexivo Sue os de Einstein es un libro que todos deber an leer Es un conjunto de relatos muy cortos y con una prosa maravillosa que expresan los distintos modos que tiene el tiempo de manifestarse Es decir, qu pasar a si el pasado fuese inestable, si todas las ma anas cada persona se despertara con un pasado diferente Qu pasar a si se viviera eternamente Y si no pudi ramos aceptar el presente Y si vivi ramos solo un d a Y qu me dicen de un mundo en el que el tiempo transcur [...]

  20. This 179 page book took me four days to read Not because it was difficult In fact, the prose was exquisite and effortless in its beauty It was because I wanted to read and cherish all of the novel s short vignettes rather than rush through The book is a series of dreams, close to 30 in all, that Albert Einstein is dreaming as he struggles with his theory of relativity Alan Lightman, a physicist himself, describes aspects of the theory and time itself through these descriptive stories This is not [...]

  21. I bought this book at its regular price P599 14 in 1993 I tried reading it right away but after a few pages, I lost interest Then last Good Friday, when I was dusting my tbr books, I saw this and it looked like a quick read so I put it on top of my stacks of books and yesterday I finished it in a couple of hours It is about various scenarios or Einstein s or Lightman s dreams where time is different from what we have and know it now There are 13 of those and most of them are fascinating and some [...]

  22. I don t smoke any, but man, If I did, this book would be perfect There s not alot of narrative, its just a series of fictional dreams that Einstein would ve had as he was hammering out his theory of time in the early 20th century There are brief narrative interludes that describe the times Besso and the ever so aloof Einstein share some time together, but most of the book consists of thought experiments on the nature of time The nameless human characters that are cast in these vignettes are the [...]

  23. Unfortunatelly 5 stars are the maximum This book deserves .This is a perfect example of writing a jem in only 140 pages or so Paul Auster could read this one and take example Each story is a perfectly written dystopy on time What a marvelous book i had goosebumps while reading it i had tears in my eyes also.I read it on the Bucharest Hamburg 2h20min flight while I actually travelled back in time 1h There are two times in the history of most humans, times which are akribically paid attention at a [...]

  24. A young patent clerk in Bern, Switzerland, Albert Einstein, is working on a scientific theory that consumes him When he occasionally meets his friend and colleague Besso, with whom he usually shares his ideas, he is not able to talk about the dreams that consume his nights dreams set in Bern involving the people and places he sees daily The dreams reveal his theory to himself, that time is finitelonelyvisiblea circlerandometernitytimelessrepetitivea flowing rivera commitmentan elusive birdwithou [...]

  25. Today I had some time on my hands to provide you with the thoughts I have on this book.Developing a scientific theory surly takes time I won t happen over night I always wondered what goes around in the minds of great minds when they are in the zone , totally immersed in their respective thoughts What are their dreams at night after a full day of theorizing This book gives an answer, albeit a fictional one.Author Alan Lightman what an aptly name for a physicist provides a dream diary of Albert E [...]

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