Dance for Two: Essays

Alan Lightman (Author)


For the last twenty years, Alan Lightman has been writing essays that display his genius for bringing literary and scientific concerns into harmony. Dance for Two gathers the best of Lightman's work. Here are pieces that touch on both the ethereal and the corporeal; the dependence of a ballerina on the laws of physics, the choice of every scientist makes between tinkering and theorizing, the unscientific nature of discovery, the impulse behind an unprompted smile. Dance for Two is an intimate and fascinating look into the creative compulsions shared by the artist and the scientist.

Product Details

Pantheon Books
Publish Date
March 26, 1996
5.17 X 0.6 X 7.99 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

ALAN LIGHTMAN was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1948 and was educated at Princeton and at the California Institute of Technology. He has written for Granta, Harper's, The New Yorker, and The New York Review of Books. His books include Origins, Ancient Light, Great Ideas in Physics, Time for the Stars, and two novels, Einstein's Dreams and Good Benito. He is Burchard Professor of Science and Writing, and senior lecturer in physics, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


"Alan Lightman is one of our most consistently fascinating writers."
--Annie Dillard

"Lightman has an uncanny way of presenting complex concepts with familiar examples and analogies--so that readers will both deepen their appreciation of science and their love of fine literature."
--Stephen Jay Gould

"Novelist, essayist, physicist, and master of prose style, Alan Lightman continues his extraordinary voyage into unexplored regions of life, time, and the imagination. Dance for Two is a compelling book of flawless prose from a unique mind."
--Richard Preston