Einstein's Dreams | Study Guide

Alan Lightman

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Einstein's Dreams | 17 June 1905 | Summary



In this world time stops and starts. When it stops the world and everything in it freezes. But only a microsecond after the world stops, it starts again. The world and its people continue on as though nothing has happened. These disconnections are so small no one can detect them, as evidenced by the boy and girl who break up after sensing something "off." Nonetheless they prevent time from being continuous.


In this dream world fear again plays a role in people's relationship with time. A young man falls in love with a woman, but he fears rejection because of previous heartbreak. He is too afraid to ask the woman about her feelings toward him; unaware of his fear she tries to share her feelings through her actions. Yet because time stops and starts imperceptibly in this world, she hesitates momentarily. The young man picks up on this hesitation and takes it for a lack of interest; he then rejects her. Here again Lightman shows time's enormous effect on human experience and illuminates the ways it links to individual perception.

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