ALAN LIGHTMAN. EINSTEIN’S DREAMS. Alan Lightman was born in Memphis,. Tennessee, in and educated at. Princeton and at the California Institute. A modern classic, Einstein’s Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in , about time, relativity and physics. As. “Einstein’s Dreams,” by Alan Lightman, strives to be a kind of post-modern hybrid of science writing and fantasy. It stands partly in the tradition.

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VincentsCathedral sings ten times. In end-less time, all things can beaccomplished.

A young boy sittingin an empty auditorium, his heart ra-cing as if he were on stage. In the world in which time is a circle,every handshake, every kiss, everybirth, every word, will be repeated pre-cisely.

In the last two months, his cancer hasspread from his einstekn to his liver, hispancreas, his brain. She crouches in the shadowsand does not return the stares ofpeople. The professorhas always provided answers. When it is time to return home at theend of the day, each person consults hisaddress book to learn where he lives. For speechneeds a sequence ligjtman words, spoken intime.

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They are not ques-tioned about coming events, about fu-ture marriages, births, finances, inven-tions, profits to be made. Eachfuture moves in a different direction oftime. Perhaps you cant notice, but shecan, says the admiral, and winks at hiswife. Few trips ilghtman taken thatdo not lead to the city of destiny. A blur of a year at the university. Against one wall of her roomstands a chestnut bureau.


The othersmight exist in other worlds. The woman catches her breath. Cant complain, says the otherman, sipping his brandy. Overtime, some have determined that theonly einsteim to live is to die. The waiter walks acrossthe fine wood floor, takes their orders.

The gro-cers stocks of ginger, salt, cod, andbeef change with every change of mind,every consultation. Time is the clarity for seeingright and wrong. They walk an easygait and wear loose-fitting clothes. After each restart oftime, the new world looks just like theold. Slan hair is uncombed andhis trousers are too big. Much better to stay in this mo-ment, beside the warm fire, beside thewarm help of his mentor.

At some time in the past, scientistsdiscovered that time flows more slowlythe farther from the center of earth. Likewise, each woman return-ing from her job meets a husband, chil-dren, sofas, lamps, wallpaper, chinapatterns. In time, there ni infinity of worlds. In this world, time is a line that termin-ates at the present, both in reality andin the mind. Trains leave the sta-tion at the Bahnhofplatz when the carsare filled with passengers. An off-off-Broadway production of this stage version ran briefly at the New York Fringe Festival in ; it has also been performed lighhtman Beijing Got a letter from my brother inRome, says Besso.

He crated the chemicals at his fact-ory in Basle as soon as he heard theawnings open over the market. Then, inthree years, he meets another womanin a clothing shop in Neuchtel. A boatman gauges his positionin the dark by counting seconds driftedin enistein waters current. Where every action must be verifiedone million times, life is tentative. Each sees theother gaining time. The man andwoman follow a winding path of smallwhite stones to a restaurant on a lightmsn.


A. Lightman – Einstein’s Dreams

Forsuch a recluse and an introvert, thispassion for closeness seems odd. Some inn that only the giant clocktower on Kramgasse keeps the truetime, that it alone is at rest. And if thebody speaks, it is the speaking only ofso many levers and forces. Every afternoon, the townspeople ofBerne convene at the west end of Kram-gasse. At night,the streets are ablaze with lights, sothat passing houses might avoid colli-sions, which are always fatal.

I wont be able to see you muchwhile my brother is here, repeatsBesso. She graduates from thegymnasium, with her parents and sistercrying tears of happiness. A young wo-man allows herself to fall in love withone man even though she has seen thatshe will marry another.