Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman

73%

8 Critic Reviews

I recommend Einstein's Dreams to everyone...It is a short book, but it packs a lot of mental content that would leave one thinking and reminiscing about what-if scenarios even after reading the last chapter.
-Blog Critics

Synopsis

Now available:  New signed, boxed edition!

An imaginary re-creation of Einstein's discovery of the nature of time, this novel takes us through the young patent clerk's many dreams depicting compelling conceptions of time.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Alan Lightman

See more books from this Author
Alan Lightman was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and educated at Princeton and the California Institute of Technology. His books include the novels Good Benito, The Diagnosis, and Reunion; a collection of essays and fables, Dance for Two; and several books on science. His latest, a collection of essays, A Sense of the Mysterious, will be published by Pantheon books in January 2005. He lives in Massachusetts.
 
Published March 2, 2011 by Vintage. 186 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Education & Reference, History. Fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Einstein's Dreams
All: 8 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

Lightman offers a glimpse into strange theoretical kingdoms...Cheerful fantasies, balanced exquisitely between poetry and the popular physics essay. (First serial to Granta and Harper's.)

Read Full Review of Einstein's Dreams | See more reviews from Kirkus

NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Dennis Overbye on Jan 03 2008

These two facets of the temporal have rarely been as slickly and delightfully joined as they are in this tiny novel ..."Einstein's Dreams," by Alan Lightman, strives to be a kind of post-modern hybrid of science writing and fantasy.

Read Full Review of Einstein's Dreams | See more reviews from NY Times

Publishers Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jan 04 2008

Each variation spawns its own weird psychology, yet magically, touchingly, each also echoes patterns of events that take place in supposedly ordinary time. Lightman's speculative prose poem warrants comparison to Calvino's masterful Invisible Cities.

Read Full Review of Einstein's Dreams | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly

Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeruen Dery on Feb 17 2012

I recommend Einstein's Dreams to everyone...It is a short book, but it packs a lot of mental content that would leave one thinking and reminiscing about what-if scenarios even after reading the last chapter.

Read Full Review of Einstein's Dreams | See more reviews from Blog Critics

LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Richard Eder on Jan 10 2008

It sketches aspects of relativity with a light allusiveness that makes its astonishment, if not its entire meaning, as clear to the non-scientific reader as words alone can manage.

Read Full Review of Einstein's Dreams | See more reviews from LA Times

The Independent

Above average
Reviewed by Galen Strawson on Feb 07 2008

The idea seems good, but Alan Lightman does not know how to exploit it. He moves messily through the possibilities and impossibilities, proliferating distinctions without differences and rotating a severely limited stock of image types.

Read Full Review of Einstein's Dreams

The Independent

Above average
Reviewed by ROBERT WINDER on Jan 29 2008

A more serious complaint is that the book delivers a vague insult to fiction by using it as a merely decorative clothing for scientific notions. It is as if e=mc2 were too bald and striking.

Read Full Review of Einstein's Dreams

Helium

Good
Reviewed by Ramona Taylor on Jan 17 2010

“Suppose time is a circle, bending back on itself.” Dr. Alan Lightman draws us into his novel with this visually profound muse....he offers a unique fictitious tale about the life and dreams of one of the world’s greatest scientific minds,

Read Full Review of Einstein's Dreams

Reader Rating for Einstein's Dreams
85%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 485 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×