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About the Author
Alan Lightman, an active research scientist in astronomy and physics, has taught at both Harvard and MIT. His novels include Einstein's Dreams, which was a New York Times and international bestseller; Good Benito; The Diagnosis, which was a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award; and Reunion. His essays have appeared in the New York Review of Books, New York Times, Nature, Atlantic Monthly, and the New Yorker.
at the expense of humanity.... Clever and wise, a rare combination."-San Francisco Chronicle
"Although the world around Bill 'is diminished to the most feeble red light, ' the novel, at last, burns brightly."-The New Yorker
"A searing vision of our helter-skelter and spiritually debilitating technocracy."-The Chicago Tribune