Einstein's Dreams | Study Guide

Alan Lightman

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Einstein's Dreams | 15 June 1905 | Summary

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In this world time is a visible dimension. In addition to seeing houses, trees, and mountains in the distance, people can also see birth, marriages, deaths, and other markers of time. People can choose their own motions along this axis of time. Some choose to stay in their current moment in time; others leap into the future.

Analysis

This dream world again examines the notion of becoming stuck in time. Here Lightman shows how emotional and psychological states attach themselves naturally to certain structures of time. Free will is another theme in this dream world; people have the agency to either stay stuck or to move ahead into the future. Some of the Dream Figures feel the effects of these choices; they become wary of moving into the future or of rushing out of the past. Lightman illustrates how fear motivates people's relationship with time and affects their decisions, as evidenced by the young man who shudders at the thought of stepping into the future because he is enjoying the present moment with his mentor.

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