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Alan Lightman

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
Modern Library | Hardcover | June 1994
$20.00/24.95(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 7, 2014
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-80595-9 (0-345-80595-X)

“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.
 
“In this slight...

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The Accidental Universe
Written by Alan Lightman
Pantheon | Hardcover | January 2014
$24.00/27.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-90858-2 (0-307-90858-5)

“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.
 
“In this slight...

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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/(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






Ghost
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
$15.00/18.00(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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Reunion
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
Pantheon | Hardcover | February 10, 2015
$25.95/30.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-37939-9 (0-307-37939-6)

From the acclaimed author of the international best seller Einstein’s Dreams, here is a lyrical memoir of Memphis from the 1930s through the 1960s: the music and the racism, the early days of the movies, and a powerful grandfather whose ghost continues to haunt the family.
 
Alan Lightman’s grandfather M.A. Lightman was... 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





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