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Einstein's Dreams af Alan Lightman
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Einstein's Dreams (original 1989; udgave 2004)

af Alan Lightman

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A modern classic, Einstein's Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, about time, relativity and physics. As the defiant but sensitive young genius is creating his theory of relativity, a new conception of time, he imagines many possible worlds. In one, time is circular, so that people are fated to repeat triumphs and failures over and over. In another, there is a place where time stands still, visited by lovers and parents clinging to their children. In another, time is a nightingale, sometimes trapped by a bell jar. Now translated into thirty languages, Einstein's Dreams has inspired playwrights, dancers, musicians, and painters all over the world. In poetic vignettes, it explores the connections between science and art, the process of creativity, and ultimately the fragility of human existence.… (mere)
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Titel:Einstein's Dreams
Forfattere:Alan Lightman
Info:Vintage (2004), Paperback
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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"In a world without a future, each moment is the end of the world."

Early in the novel Lightman proposes that time, just as space, is three-dimensional so that every time we make a choice the future splits into three perpendicular futures. This is supported by the multiverse theory in quantum physics, where all possible decisions occur simultaneously.

He moves on to describe some scenarios where time works differently. In one world time flows backward, and in another it's discontinuous. There's a place where time passes slower for people in motion, and there's the problem posed by immortality; where nothing gets done because no person is ever free from the shadow of the past.

You find yourself asking some big philosophical questions, such as what happens in a world without a future, where there are no consequences to any actions? Does time itself exist outside human perception?

I'd recommend it to anyone who likes to ponder over why we're all here. Just make sure you have enough time to stop and consider all the Lightman scenarios because that's where the beauty lies. While the novel is tiny, the ideas within it are not.
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  nillanova | Apr 20, 2021 |
Einstein's Dreams is a charming book about what Albert Einstein was dreaming about as he worked on his General Theory of Relativity.

Alan Lightman presents a journey to different worlds where time behaves differently and how the people living there experience these alternative realities. Time moves extremely slow on one world and ridiculously fast in another. Time acts like light in between two mirrors, reflections spanning infinity or behaves like a current on a river, susceptible to minute changes and diversions by the slightest breeze.

A fun read indeed for those who enjoy reflecting on the wonders of time. ( )
  ProfessorEX | Apr 15, 2021 |
This one to me was more about the idea than about the particulars. I liked the idea a lot, but the particulars were less interesting, and because it was a series of little vignettes within a short book, I had trouble really committing to it. So in the end, I gave it kind of a cursory read. I'm sure it's a much better book than the attention I gave it suggests.

I picked this one up after reading a Lightman piece in the latest Harper's that balanced science writing with lyrical writing and really conveyed a great sense of wonder that appealed to me. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
This was an interesting little book, an easy read.

In the premise of this book, Einstein is dreaming about time. He is developing a theory about time and each chapter represents one idea that he ostensibly dreams while he is working in a patent office.

Each small chapter takes place in a village by the Alps. Time runs differently in each chapter. Sometimes time runs backwards, other times people are caught in one moment forever. In some timelines, the past is constantly changing or the future is engraved in stone. In others, people are hurrying toward the future or living forever and dealing with the repercussions. Sometimes people worship time, are slaves to time; in other times, people live in endless loops where time is constantly repeating itself.

And, of course, each chapter makes us think of how we view time and how we adapt ourselves to our own version of time and become who we are because of it.

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  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
A modern classic, Einstein’s Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland. As the defiant but sensitive young genius is creating his theory of relativity, a new conception of time, he imagines many possible worlds. In one, time is circular, so that people are fated to repeat triumphs and failures over and over. In another, there is a place where time stands still, visited by lovers and parents clinging to their children. In another, time is a nightingale, sometimes trapped by a bell jar.

Now translated into thirty languages, Einstein’s Dreams has inspired playwrights, dancers, musicians, and painters all over the world. In poetic vignettes, it explores the connections between science and art, the process of creativity, and ultimately the fragility of human existence.
  Centre_A | Nov 27, 2020 |
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A beautifully written and thought-provoking book.
tilføjet af Katya0133 | RedigerVirginia Quarterly Review (Jun 1, 1993)
 
The dreams do more than just catalog our neuroses. They also underscore some fundamental conflicts in the human relationship to time.
tilføjet af Katya0133 | RedigerTechnology Review, David Brittan (May 1, 1993)
 
THIS book contains 30 brief fictional dreams. All are about time, and all are dreamt by Albert Einstein in Berne, in the spring and early summer of 1905, as he works on his paper 'On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies' and proceeds inefficiently towards the special theory of relativity. Some contain distorted traces of his discoveries. In one dream, people live up mountains and build their houses on stilts, having discovered that time flows relatively more slowly as one moves further from the centre of the earth. In another, banks, factories and houses are all motorised and constantly on the move, for time is money and slows down as you accelerate, so the faster you go the more you have.
tilføjet af stephmo | RedigerThe Independent, Galen Strawson (Feb 7, 1993)
 
Like the best fables, Lightman's seriousness is seductively cumulative.
tilføjet af Katya0133 | RedigerNew Statesman & Society, Guy Mannes-Abbott (Jan 29, 1993)
 
The writing, beautifully simple, conveys better than most texts the strangeness of Einstein's ideas.
tilføjet af Katya0133 | RedigerTime (Jan 18, 1993)
 

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A modern classic, Einstein's Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, about time, relativity and physics. As the defiant but sensitive young genius is creating his theory of relativity, a new conception of time, he imagines many possible worlds. In one, time is circular, so that people are fated to repeat triumphs and failures over and over. In another, there is a place where time stands still, visited by lovers and parents clinging to their children. In another, time is a nightingale, sometimes trapped by a bell jar. Now translated into thirty languages, Einstein's Dreams has inspired playwrights, dancers, musicians, and painters all over the world. In poetic vignettes, it explores the connections between science and art, the process of creativity, and ultimately the fragility of human existence.

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