Einstein's Dreams - Alan Lightman

Einstein's Dreams

By Alan Lightman

  • Release Date: 1993-01-04
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 118 Ratings


A modern classic, Einstein’s Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, about time, relativity and physics. 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, time is circular, so that people are fated to repeat triumphs and failures over and over. In another, there is a place where time stands still, visited by lovers and parents clinging to their children. In another, time is a nightingale, sometimes trapped by a bell jar.

Now translated into thirty languages, Einstein’s Dreams has inspired playwrights, dancers, musicians, and painters all over the world. In poetic vignettes, it explores the connections between science and art, the process of creativity, and ultimately the fragility of human existence.


  • Fascinating

    By 802.11 Hedy Lamarr
    Love it.
  • wonderful

    By avrg jo tryn to lrn italian
    i may be a young teenager but i did truly love this book. definitely one of my favorites. it helps you understand the concept of time and shows you that there can be no limit to imagination. i definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone
  • Very small, but very insightful

    By destrilogy
    Makes you think of time, which is oh so important. It is a very small book read one chapter before you go to bed everynight that way you enjoy and think about the book more. Thats my recommendation.
  • Poetry in Prose

    By Sabrina123456789lola
    Simply beautiful and enthralling, times becomes a play dough.
  • Simply amazing!!!

    By Nisuslux
    Simply amazing!!! To play the what if in a grand scheme
  • Beautiful

    By KuijiFuji
    Amazing! A beautiful, poetic, and thought provoking book. An easy read.
  • Excellent Book

    By baseball1616
    An all around excellent book. There are many short stories inside of one great overall story. It really shows the correct aspect in which he would have dreamt.