In Praise of Wasting Time

Alan Lightman (Author)

Product Details

$16.99  $15.63
Simon & Schuster/ Ted
Publish Date
May 15, 2018
5.3 X 0.8 X 7.3 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

Alan Lightman, physicist, essayist, and novelist, is Professor of the Practice of the Humanities at MIT, where he was the first person to receive a joint appointment in the sciences and the humanities. Lightman's writing has appeared in Harper's, Salon, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and many other publications. His widely known Einstein's Dreams was an international bestseller, and his novel The Diagnosis was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction. His recent book The Accidental Universe was chosen by Brain Pickings as one of the best ten books of the year. He lives in Massachusetts.


"Our most important human capacities for creativity and our relationships to ourselves and others are under attack by our preoccupation with our devices. We need new practices to turn this around and reclaim our humanity. But here Lightman's special achievement is to make this familiar story come alive with personal urgency and new clarity. What has for too long seemed like a contentious position is here presented as compassionate common sense. For isn't it simple common sense to do what will makes us stay human? It is good to hear a call to arms expressed so beautifully. Bravo."

--SHERRY TURKLE, Abby Rockefeller MauzΓ© Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, MIT, and author of Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in A Digital Age.