Einstein's Dreams

Einstein's Dreams

by Alan P. Lightman, Lightman
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really makes me think about time and what it really is. Its eye opening and really makes you think.:)
Haze76 More than 1 year ago
I've read this book four times now over the past few years. There's nothing to compare it to--it's a fascinating treatment of time, dimension, illusion, and much more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely beautiful and incredibly poetic. The words seem to drift off the page, and leave you wondering. I was nearly moved to tears on several occasions. Absolutely stunning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Einstein's Dreams was a very interesting book to read. Lightman wrote the book in a way that was very easy to understand but it also kept you thinking a lot about the way we view the world. The layout is unique because each chapter is its own individual story. There isn't a flowing plot but all the chapters are about the same subject: different ways to view time. I find this type of format easier to read than a normal layout and it allows the reader to be surprised about what the next chapter will be about. Each individual chapter peered into different ways to view time. Some of the chapters talked about time being a circle, flowing like water, the dimensions of time, cause and effect, and even the fact that in the end, everyone is alone. It was so intriguing to read about time in so many different ways. The book really made you realize how much the average person depends on time to live their lives. This book made me think of the question, "Can we ever live life without keeping some sort of time?" Sure we don't have to look at the clocks, keep a schedule, or even know what day it is. But things like night and day will always be a factor in keeping time. Reading Einstein's Dreams made me realize that no matter what way you think time is, people are always going to be paying attention to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alan Lightman's Einstein's Dreams captures the essence of time in a series of dreams. Lightman challenges the average person's way of life. He questions our understanding using illusions from the past and present that were captivated in dreams that Einstein had when he was an adolescent. The stories were short and sweet. They revolved around the absence and presence of time, each with a new twist that only Albert Einstein could have dreamed of. They were concise and easy to read and had me sitting on the edge of my chair, not knowing what will come next. Every story became more interesting and more in depth than the last and each continued to fascinate me. One story stood out. In this story, Einstein imagined a world in which people lived just one day, only saw one sunrise, one sunset. Everything we experienced in our lives was smashed together and experienced within twenty four hours. It made me think, what if our lives were as short as a day? What if our lives were meaningless compared to the length of time of our universe? I started to question similarly to what Einstein questioned about our everyday lifestyles. This book brought new ideas and insights to my life and every page was a blast to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A beautiful novel and one I continue to fall in love with whenever I read it. It¿s the inspired story of young Albert Einstein working in 1905 as a patent clerk in Switzerland. Einstein¿s Dreams is an imaginary recreation of the muse within Einstein¿s genius. He dreams of time: circular, flowing backwards, slowing down - all compelling, brilliant, fresh possibilities of what time may consist of, here and perhaps in other worlds. These dreams have taken hold of Einstein¿s own research and fostered his theory of relativity. Through Lightman¿s poetic writing, we too begin to see how romantic and creative the nature of time really is. Alan Lightman is a professor of humanities, creative writing and physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His writings about science (as opposed to his scientific writings) have appeared in every prestigious magazine throughout North America. Einstein¿s Dreams was an international bestseller when it was first published and since then has been translated into more than thirty languages as well as into theatrical and musical productions across the United States. Extraordinarily clever, although more a philosophical, meditative, playful journey than a plot-driven novel, Einstein¿s Dreams is not easily forgotten. Thirty dreams on variations of time are received by the reader as a mind-stretching sensory paradise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing! It was beautifully written. I loved how the book showed all of the different perspectives of time, the way Einstein dreamed them up. It was totally awesome. You don't have to be into Einstein or physics to really enjoy this wonderful book. I would highly recommend it to everyone out there. It is well worth the time to read. I promise.
Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
This little book, whose cleverness far exceeds its size, relates 30 different ideas about how time might flow in contrast to how we experience it. A few interludes suggest these might have been ways Einstein was conceiving of, or dreaming of, time as he was coming up with his Theory of Relativity. Chapters are generally only 5-7 pages long, and the ideas are described in a dreamlike fashion, with varying degrees of detail and plausibility, but each could be an alternative to our universe. A quick, but fun and intriguing, read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This" Collage " of Einstein's dreams throws me into a parallel world of deeper consideration, where time is definately of the essence Enjoy
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There's something about this book of dreams that I find relaxing and hypnotic. Almost philosphical/existential in a way. Try it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sister recommended me this book, and after hearing the premise I looked forward to reading it. However, its execution left me unsatisfied. Although each of Lightman's hypothetical worlds of time promises to yield a fascinating thought experiment, he rarely thinks through the implications of the parameters he proposes. Instead he fills each chapter with a sentimental series of images from the society Einstein lived in, as if showing off the historical research he did for the book. Vaguely thought-provoking romanticism this may be. Good science fiction it ain't.
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Absolutely amazing... Ironic how the book relates to time and I was so engrossed that I missed my stop on the train. Time really stood still for this literary genius..
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It's a good book to read along with another book. It just gives you a lot to think about with how life would be if time worked this way or that way.
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