Einstein's Dreams is a 1992 novel by
Alan Lightman that was an
international bestseller and has been translated into thirty
languages. It was runner up for the 1994 L. L. Winship/PEN New England
Einstein's Dreams was also the March 1998 selection for
National Public Radio's "
Talk of the Nation" Book Club. The novel has
been used in numerous colleges and universities, in many cases for
university-wide adoptions in "common-book" programs.
Einstein's Dreams was first adapted for the stage by David Gardiner
and Ralf Remshardt and performed at the
University of Florida
University of Florida in 1996.
An off-off-Broadway production of this stage version ran briefly at
New York Fringe Festival in 2001; it has also been performed in
The novel fictionalizes
Albert Einstein as a young scientist who is
troubled by dreams as he works on his theory of relativity in 1905.
The book consists of 30 chapters, each exploring one dream about time
that Einstein had during this period. The framework of the book
consists of a prelude, three interludes, and an epilogue. Einstein's
friend, Michele Besso, appears in these sections. Each dream involves
a conception of time. Some scenarios may involve exaggerations of true
phenomena related to relativity, and some may be entirely fantastical.
The book demonstrates the relationship each human being has to time,
and thus spiritually affirms Einstein's theory of relativity.
The novel is sometimes cited as the source of the urban legend
apocryphal "universal force" letter from Einstein to his daughter,
Lieserl, but the novel does not contain the letter.
^ Lightman, Alan, Einstein's Dreams, London, Vintage, 2004.
^ Synopsis and teacher's/reader's guides – (archive.org copy)
^ Random House, Inc. Academic Resources
Einstein's Dreams by Alan
Einstein's Dreams, Professor Julia Evergreen Keefer, course notes
MIT Press Release 3/19/2007: 'Einstein's Dreams' at
Einstein's Dreams — World Science Festival
Theater > Threshold of revelation – The Phoenix
Einstein's Dreams (It's about time...)
Plaza X by Helen Lai's Dance Theatre,David Liu and CCDC
In This World by the Silverwood Trio
Einstein's Dreams song cycle by folk artist Randall Williams,
orchestration by Leo Najar, first performed by the Bijou Orchestra in
Bay City, Michigan in February 2011
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