Title: Einstein's Dreams
Author: Alan Lightman
Publication: November 9, 2004 by Vintage
(first published 1992)
My Copy: Paperback, 144 pages bought from Booksale
Date read: September 05 to 15, 2014
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.
I have an unending TBR pile but I'm quite sure that I will read this book as well as Lightman's Reunion within the next 10 years. Alan Lightman has this certain magic I cannot understand. I won't say he is my favorite but I clearly don't hate him either, I can tell you that I sometimes am bored with his prose but he doesn't just make me think, he asks me questions, his words haunt me just when I thought I already forgotten. Yes, that powerful.