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Alan Lightman

Alan Lightman is the author of six novels, including Einstein’s Dreams, which was an international bestseller, and The Diagnosis, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He is also the author of three collections of essays and several books on science. His latest work is the memoir of his family, Screening Room. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Granta, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and Nature, among other publications. Since beginning his career as a theoretical physicist, Lightman has taught at Harvard and at MIT, where he was the first person to receive a dual...

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Written by Edwin A. Abbott, Introduction by Alan Lightman
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | June 1998
$12.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043531-3 (0-14-043531-X)

A 'romance of many dimensions' that has fascinated generations of readers with its clever blend of social satire and mathematical theory, the Penguin Classics edition of Edwin A. Abbott's Flatland introduction by Alan Lightman. A work that continues to pose provocative questions about perception and reality, Flatland is a brilliant parody... Read more

Ideas and Opinions
Written by Albert Einstein, Introduction by Alan Lightman
Modern Library | Hardcover | June 1994
$22.00/29.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-60105-0 (0-679-60105-8)

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time Read more

The Accidental Universe
Written by Alan Lightman
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2014
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-80595-9 (0-345-80595-X)

With passion and curiosity, Alan Lightman explores the emotional and philosophical questions raised by recent discoveries in science. He looks at the dialogue between science and religion; the conflict between our human desire for permanence and the impermanence of nature; the possibility that our universe is simply an accident; the manner...

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Dance for Two
Written by Alan Lightman
Pantheon | Trade Paperback | March 1996
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-75877-8 (0-679-75877-1)

The author of Einstein's Dreams now presents a collection of essays, written over the past 20 years, that displays his genius for bringing literary and scientific concerns into ringing harmony. Sometimes provocative, sometimes fanciful, always elegantly conceived and written, these meditations offer readers a fascinating look into the creative compulsions shared... Read more

The Diagnosis
Written by Alan Lightman
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2002
$18.00/21.50(Canada) | 978-0-375-72550-0 (0-375-72550-4)

From the bestselling author of Einstein’s Dreams comes this harrowing tale of one man's struggle to cope in a wired world, even as his own biological wiring short-circuits. As Boston’s Red Line shuttles Bill Chalmers to work one summer morning, something extraordinary happens. Suddenly, he can't remember which stop is his... Read more

The Discoveries
Written by Alan Lightman
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 2006
$21.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71345-3 (0-375-71345-X)

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

Einstein's Dreams
Written by Alan Lightman
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 2004
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7780-9 (1-4000-7780-X)

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

Written by Alan Lightman
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2008
$14.95/16.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-71343-9 (0-375-71343-3)

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

Mr g
Written by Alan Lightman
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2012
$16.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-74485-2 (0-307-74485-X)

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. In...

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Written by Alan Lightman
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 2004
$13.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71344-6 (0-375-71344-1)

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

Screening Room
Written by Alan Lightman
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2016
$16.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-73984-1 (0-307-73984-8)


Alan Lightman’s grandfather M.A. was the family’s undisputed patriarch. It was his movie theater empire that catapulted the Lightmans, a Hungarian Jewish immigrant family, to prominence in the South; his triumphs that would both galvanize and paralyze his descendants. In this evocative personal history, the... Read more

A Sense of the Mysterious
Written by Alan Lightman
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2006
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7819-6 (1-4000-7819-9)

From the bestselling author of Einstein's Dreams comes this lyrical and insightful collection of science writing that delves into the mysteries of the scientific process and exposes its beauty and intrigue.In these brilliant essays, Lightman explores the emotional life of science, the power of imagination, the creative moment, and the alternate... Read more