Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine

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Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
Vintage
Publish Date
Pages
240
Dimensions
5.1 X 0.9 X 7.9 inches | 0.55 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780525432593
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About the Author

ALAN LIGHTMAN--who worked for many years as a theoretical physicist at Harvard and MIT
--is the author of six novels, including the international bestseller Einstein's Dreams, as well as The Diagnosis, a finalist for the National Book Award. He is also the author of a memoir, three collections of essays, and several books on science. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Granta, Harper's Magazine, Nautilus, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Salon, and Nature, among other publications. He has taught at Harvard and at MIT, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities. He is currently professor of the practice of the humanities at MIT. He lives in the Boston area.

Reviews

"An elegant and moving paean to our spiritual quest for meaning in an age of science." --The New York Times Book Review

"Delightful. . . [Lightman's] elegant and evocative prose draws in the reader." --The Wall Street Journal

"Once again, this deft wordsmith has effortlessly straddled the divide between the hardest of the hard sciences and the nebulous world of existential doubts and longings." --Nature

"A lyrical and illuminating inquiry. . . . [Emerges] with that rare miracle of insight at the meeting point of the lucid and the luminous." --Brain Pickings

"Contemplative, elegant and open-minded, [Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine] is an engaging companion to understanding our longing for connection with the infinite." --Charleston Post and Courier

"This is a volume meant for savoring, for readerly ruminations, for thinking about and exploring one essay at a time. Lightman's illuminating language and crisp imagery aim to ignite a sense of wonder in any reader who's ever pondered the universe, our world, and the nature of human consciousness." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"An illuminating, deeply human book." --Booklist

"Lightman's artful and questioning narrative style easily conveys complex concepts from physics to philosophy. Both believers and nonbelievers will find much to ponder in this discussion of science and religion, which reads like a soothing meditation." --Library Journal