ALAN LIGHTMAN. EINSTEIN’S DREAMS. Alan Lightman was born in Memphis,. Tennessee, in and educated at. Princeton and at the California Institute. A modern classic, Einstein’s Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in , about time, relativity and physics. As. “Einstein’s Dreams,” by Alan Lightman, strives to be a kind of post-modern hybrid of science writing and fantasy. It stands partly in the tradition.

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In this world, the passage of timebrings increasing order. Minute by minute,new objects gain form. The aromas of dates, mangoes,coriander, cumin are suspended inspace.

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Where the two times meet, despera-tion. Einstein has been explaining to hisfriend Besso why he wants to knowtime. For another, it is notobvious that knowledge is closeness. VincentsCathedral, to the west, the curved roofof the Zytgloggeturm. This article about a historical novel of the s is a stub. She covers her ears andstares at a photograph on her table, aphotograph of herself as a child, squat-ting at the beach with her mother andfather. Not thatthe others are impossible.

The unmade bed, the dirtylaundry, the piles of dishes are just asbefore.

And, Admiral, hows the steak? A broken bottle onthe floor, brown liquid alann the crevices,a woman with red eyes. And who canquestion their logic?

In this world of great speed, one facthas been only slowly appreciated. Pen-dulums of clocks float mid-swing. They rise at seven oclockin the morning. Are these criminal acts not mis-placed in time? In pastures near the towngraze cattle for making butter, cheese,and chocolate. Historical novels speculative fiction novels science fiction novels novels Cultural depictions of Albert Einstein in fiction Novels set in the s American novels adapted into plays s historical novel stubs.


A man and woman lgihtman around each other. Thuseveryone travels at high velocity, togain time. They smile and pay promptly, formoney is losing its value. Spruce and larchand arolla pine form a gentle bordernorth and west, while higher up are firelilies, purple gentians, alpinecolumbines. They want to freeze theirown children at the center of time. In this world, time flowsbackward. The mother sees that boyishlaugh, caught in candlelight throughthe leaded windows of the restaurant,and she is certain that no time haspassed, einsteim her son, her child, belongswith her at home.

VincentsCathedral sings ten times. And so, at the place where timestands still, one sees parents clutchingtheir children, in a frozen embrace thatwill never let go. Those who have seen the future do notneed to take risks, and those who havenot yet seen the future wait for theirvision without taking risks. And just asone may choose whether to stay in oneplace or run to another, so one maychoose his motion along the axis oftime. In time, there arean infinity of worlds.

Suchpeople sleep most of the day and waitfor their vision to come. How can one make love to a man whenhe may not remain faithful? A tower of prayer, tall and oc-tagonal, open balcony, solemn, sur-rounded by arms. But he says nothing of his dreams. Her administrator, aheavily oiled and grotesque lady, camein one morning and told her to clearout her desk by the following day. Children become adults, livefar from their parents, live in their ownhouses, learn ways of their own, sufferpain, grow old.


Parents have passed away at mid-day or midnight. In many ways, it is a town of onepiece and a whole. Just now, a man in one of the housesbelow the mountains is talking to afriend.

A. Lightman – Einstein’s Dreams

When they pass thegiant clock on the Kramgasse they donot see it; nor do they hear its chimeswhile sending packages on Postgasse orstrolling between flowers in the Rosen-garten. Einsteins Dreams was an inter-national bestseller and The Diagnosiswas a finalist for the NationalBook Award in fiction.

The father dies of hisheart, and his son hates himself for notforcing his father to keep to his bed. The young woman is deserted by herlover, marries a man who will let herhave solitude with her pain. Birth, schooling, love affairs, marriage,profession, old age must all be fit with-in one transit of the sun, one modula-tion of light.

If a person holdsambitions, he suffers knowingly, butvery slowly.

Einstein’s Dreams

The woman with the brocade shiftsin her chair, uncrosses her legs beneaththe table. It happens to me all thetime in Grindelwald.

A person who cannot imagine the fu-ture is a person who cannot contem-plate the results of his actions. Their mistakeswill be repeated precisely in this life asin the life before.