Einstein's Dreams | Study Guide

Alan Lightman

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Einstein's Dreams | Prologue | Summary



In the distance a clock tower chimes six times as dawn breaks, while a young patent clerk sits at his desk, exhausted. The clerk has been dreaming about time for months, and these dreams have influenced his research. Now he holds a stack of papers containing his new theory of time. The city wakes up around him, and as the light filters through the windows, objects in his office begin to take shape.


The Prologue introduces the young Albert Einstein, who in real life won the Nobel Prize for Physics based on his theories of time and space. Here Einstein is years away from winning the prize; he is still working on his theories. The Prologue also sets the stage for Einstein's dreams, which will be integral to the majority of the novel. The only other glimpses of Einstein's daily life come from the Interludes, which offer memories from his past. The Prologue also introduces the setting for many of Einstein's dreams: Berne, Switzerland.

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