Einstein's Dreams | Study Guide

Alan Lightman

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Einstein's Dreams | 2 June 1905 | Summary



In this world time flows backward. Fruit turns from rotten to ripe, and people age in reverse, living their lives backward until infancy. Einstein himself ages in reverse, from receiving the Nobel Prize for Physics to his first discoveries. Another man stands over the grave of his friend but doesn't grieve, for he knows his friend soon will be alive and laughing


This dream world echoes the world of 3 May 1905, in which cause and effect don't have a clearly defined relationship. Because time flows backward in this dream world, it becomes difficult to know what is the cause and what is the effect—they flow in reverse. This also connects to the dream world of 11 May 1905, in which the future grows increasingly orderly. As time flows backward in this dream world, things and people become newer and younger, the opposite of death and decay. Things feel less chaotic.

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