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Einstein's Dreams Study Guide by Course Hero What's Inside j Book Basics 1 ................................................................................................. d In Context 1 ..................................................................................................... a Author Biography 2 ..................................................................................... h Characters 3 .................................................................................................. k Plot Summary 5 ............................................................................................. c Chapter Summaries 8 ................................................................................ g Quotes 21 ......................................................................................................... l Symbols 23 ..................................................................................................... m Themes 23 ...................................................................................................... b Motifs 24 .......................................................................................................... e Suggested Reading 24 .............................................................................. j Book Basics AUTHOR Alan Lightman YEAR PUBLISHED 1993 GENRE Fiction PERSPECTIVE AND NARRATOR The events of Einstein's Dreams are described by a third- person omniscient narrator. During the Interlude sections of the novel, the narrator uses a third-person limited perspective for the character of Michele Besso to show Albert Einstein in his waking life. TENSE Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman is written in the present tense. ABOUT THE TITLE The title Einstein's Dreams refers to the physicist Albert Einstein and a fictitious rendering of an imagined series of dreams he had while composing his theory of time. d In Context Albert Einstein Albert Einstein was born in Germany in 1879 to a middle-class Jewish family and was schooled in Switzerland. Unable to find a teaching job after he graduated, he first worked in a patent office similar to the one depicted at the start of Einstein's Dreams . While there he developed and wrote much of his theory of relativity, working off Isaac Newton's previous theories. He received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921. In 1932, shortly before Adolph Hitler became German chancellor, Einstein and his family immigrated to the United States to escape the dangers they faced as Jews, and he taught at Princeton University until 1945. Einstein condemned violence in war and believed the welfare of humanity as a whole must always take precedence over individual nations' goals. In addition to his scientific pursuits, he worked diligently for peace and nuclear disarmament until his death in 1950. He is considered one of the greatest scientists
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Einstein's Dreams Study Guide Author Biography 2 Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. and thinkers in history. Theory of Relativity Einstein's theory of relativity was published in 1905, but it didn't become widely accepted until the 1920s. While his work on the subject built off the work of previous scientists, Einstein's discoveries upended previous theories about the nature of time created by Isaac Newton. Newton believed that space and time operated independently of each other, and Einstein's theory investigated how to interpret motion between objects that are traveling at relatively the same speed. His findings revealed that time and space are linked in this relative way. Einstein ultimately combined his ideas about time and space into a single entity: spacetime. His theory of relativity is exemplified by the Global Positioning System (GPS), a navigation system featured in cars and smartphones that works accurately by relying on satellites using relativistic clocks accurate to the nanosecond.
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