Einstein's Dreams Lib/E

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Blackstone Publishing
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6.9 X 1.2 X 6.5 inches | 0.45 pounds
Compact Disc

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About the Author

Alan Lightman is an astrophysicist and novelist teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Einstein's Dreams and A Sense of the Mysterious: Science and the Human Spirit. Lightman and his wife, Jean, started the Harpswell Foundation to help disadvantaged students obtain education in Cambodia.
Grover Gardner is an award-winning narrator with over 750 titles to his credit. Winner of 28 Earphones Awards and two Audies, he is an AudioFile Magazine Golden Voice and was named Narrator of the Year by Publishers Weekly in 2005.


It is at once intellectually provocative and touching and comic and so very beautifully written.

-- "Salman Rushdie, #1 New York Times bestselling author"

Impressionistic...the writing, beautifully simple, conveys better than most texts the strangeness of Einstein's ideas.

-- "Time"

A magical, metaphysical realm...Captivating, enchanting, delightful.

-- "New York Times"

Lightman is an artist who paints with the notion of time.

-- "Los Angeles Times"


-- "Washington Post Book World"

A wonderfully odd, clever, mystical book of meditations on time, poetically spare and delightfully fresh.

-- "Chicago Tribune"

Mr. Lightman successfully has combined his talents to create an imaginative work that explores the motivations of a great scientist.

-- "Dallas Morning News"

Endlessly fascinating. A beguiling inquiry into the not-at-all theoretical, utterly time-tangled, tragic and sublime nature of human life.

-- "Boston Globe"

A brilliant novel of time in its marvelous flight...gorgeous in its writing, spellbinding and profound in its effects.

-- "Chicago Sun-Times"

A beautiful work of fiction that explores the nature of creativity...takes you as close as you're likely to get to Einstein's inner world...Lightman is a wonderful writer.

-- "Minneapolis Star Tribune"

[An] excellent first novel.

-- "Times Literary Supplement (London)"

Flawless, meditative, and brilliant...A work of hypnotic perception, fluent intelligence, and consummate skill.

-- "Booklist (starred review)"

Few endeavors are more beguiling than a grossly improbable conceit realized with subtlety and wit. Science writer Lightman seems to have mastered this principle: his slender but substantial fictional debut is a daring re-creation of Einstein's dreams during May and June 1905...Lightman's speculative prose poem warrants comparison to Calvino's masterful Invisible Cities.

-- "Publishers Weekly"

Lightman offers provocative and elegantly wrought speculations on the nature of time.

-- "Library Journal"