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Alan Lightman

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einsteins-dreams-alan-lightmanMotifsConsequencesCause and effect is a scientific principle that Einstein explores on a personal level in his dreams. DreamsEach dream contains a different theory of time according to Einstein.uppose time is a circle, bending back on itself. The world repeats itself, precisely, endlessly.Narrator, 14 April 1905Main CharactersMichele BessoEinsteins closest friend, admirer, and sounding boardAnna BessoBessos supportive wifeDream FiguresUnnamed characters; inhabit Einsteins dreams and represent humanity Albert EinsteinSolitary patent clerk working on a scientific theory of timeFriendsMarriedA fictional collage of dreams, Einsteins Dreams reimagines how scientific genius Albert Einstein conceived of time and space. The vignettes are stitched together through the endless possibility of different worlds that Einstein might have envisioned, connecting art, science, and humanity.The Possibilitiesof TimeTHEMESTimeEinstein constantly dreams about the nature of time, in which many of his dream characters become stuck—psychologically and physically.Free WillMany of Einsteins dreams ask how much control humans have when the passage of time is not in their control.HumanityMost of the characters in Einsteins dreams are unnamed, representing the scope of humanity.Lightman earned a PhD in theoretical physics from California Institute of Technology and went on to teach astronomy at Harvard University and physics and writing at MIT. His work seeks to make science more understandable, exploring the relationship between science, art, and literature by weaving together disciplines.ALAN LIGHTMANBORN 1948AuthorConflicting scientific theories that led to Einsteins theory of special relativity: Maxwells equations and Newtonian mechanics 2Year Albert Einstein came up with the theory of special relativity1905Days over which Einsteins Dreams takes place76Einsteins Dreamsby the NumbersSources: The Arts Fuse, Brainpickings.org, Encyclopaedia Britannica, MIT, PBSCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Alan Lightman1993EnglishNovelAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageEinsteinsDreamsFiction

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