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Alan Lightman
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Alan Lightman is the author of six novels, including the international best seller Einstein’s Dreams and The Diagnosis, which was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the author of two collections of essays and several books on science. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Granta, Harper’s Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and Nature, among other publications. A theoretical physicist as well as a writer, he has served on the faculties of Harvard and MIT, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities. He lives...

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Ideas and Opinions

Written by Albert Einstein
Introduction by Alan Lightman


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 21, 1994
Price: $20.00

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The Accidental Universe
The World You Thought You Knew
Written by Alan Lightman


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $15.00

Alan Lightman brings a light touch to heavy questions. Here is a book about nesting ospreys, multiple universes, atheism, spiritualism, and the arrow of time. Throughout, Lightman takes us back and forth between ordinary occurrences—old shoes and entropy, sailing far out at sea and the infinite expanse of space.
 
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The Accidental Universe
The World You Thought You Knew
Written by Alan Lightman


Format: eBook, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $11.99

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Dance for Two
Essays
Written by Alan Lightman


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 26, 1996
Price: $15.00

Dance for Two gathers the best of Lightman's work over the last twenty years. Here are pieces that touch on both the ethereal and the corporeal: the dependence of a ballerina on the laws of physics, the choice every scientist makes between tinkering and theorizing, the unscientific nature of discovery, the... Read more >
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Dance for Two
Essays
Written by Alan Lightman


Format: eBook, 192 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 9, 2011
Price: $12.99

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The Diagnosis
A Novel
Written by Alan Lightman


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 2002
Price: $18.00

The acclaimed, bestselling of author Einstein’s Dreams presents another startling meditation on science and life–the harrowing tale of one man's struggle to cope in a wired world as his own biological wiring short-circuits.

As Bill Chalmers shuttles to work, an extraordinary thing happens. Suddenly, he can't remember who he is or... Read more >
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The Diagnosis
A Novel
Written by Alan Lightman


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $11.99

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The Discoveries
Great Breakthroughs in 20th-Century Science, Including the Original Papers
Written by Alan Lightman


Format: Trade Paperback, 594 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 14, 2006
Price: $21.00

In this captivating and lucid book, novelist and science writer Alan Lightman chronicles twenty-four great discoveries of twentieth-century science--everything from the theory of relativity to mapping the structure of DNA.

These discoveries radically changed our notions of the world and our place in it. Here are Einstein, Fleming, Bohr, McClintock, Paul ing... Read more >
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The Discoveries
Great Breakthroughs in 20th-Century Science, Including the Original Papers
Written by Alan Lightman


Format: eBook, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 14, 2009
Price: $17.99

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Einstein's Dreams

Written by Alan Lightman


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $14.95

A modern classic, Einstein’s Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland. As the defiant but sensitive young genius is creating his theory of relativity, a new conception of time, he imagines many possible worlds. In one... Read more >
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Einstein's Dreams

Written by Alan Lightman


Format: eBook, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 2, 2011
Price: $9.99

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Ghost

Written by Alan Lightman


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $14.95

A stunning new novel about an ordinary man's encounter with the extraordinary, from the author of Einstein's Dreams.

David Kurzweil, a quiet man with modest ambitions, was taking a break at his new job, when he saw something out of the corner of his eye. Something no science could explain. Suddenly David's... Read more >
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Ghost
A Novel
Written by Alan Lightman


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 23, 2007
Price: $11.99

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GOOD BENITO
A Novel
Written by Alan Lightman


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 23, 2011
Price: $10.99

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Mr g
A Novel About the Creation
Written by Alan Lightman


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $15.00

Alan Lightman, the internationally bestselling author of Einstein's Dreams, presents Mr g, a celebration of the highs and lows of existence, on the grandest possible scale: the story of Creation, as told by God.

Once before time existed, Mr g woke up from a nap and decided to create the universe... Read more >
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Mr g
A Novel About the Creation
Written by Alan Lightman


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Reunion

Written by Alan Lightman


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $13.00

Charles, a once-promising poet, is a professor at a minor liberal arts college, admiring of passion but without passion himself. Now living a desperately comfortable existence, he decides to return to his thirtieth college reunion. While there, he relives an intense love affair he had with a beautiful ballerina that forever... Read more >
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Reunion

Written by Alan Lightman


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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Screening Room
Family Pictures
Written by Alan Lightman


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 10, 2015
Price: $25.95

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Screening Room
Family Pictures
Written by Alan Lightman


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 10, 2015
Price: $12.99

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A Sense of the Mysterious
Science and the Human Spirit
Written by Alan Lightman


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 18, 2005
Price: $11.99

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A Sense of the Mysterious
Science and the Human Spirit
Written by Alan Lightman


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 2006
Price: $15.00

Unusually gifted as both a physicist and a novelist, Alan Lightman has lived in the dual worlds of science and art for much of his life. In these brilliant essays, the two worlds meet. In A Sense of the Mysterious, Lightman records his personal struggles to reconcile certainty with uncertainty, logic... Read more >
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