By Alan Lightman
The writer of Einstein's goals now provides a set of essays, written over the last two decades, that monitors his genius for bringing literary and medical matters into ringing concord. occasionally provocative, occasionally fanciful, constantly elegantly conceived and written, those meditations provide readers a desirable investigate the artistic compulsions shared through the scientist and the artist. examining travel.
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New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto. “Progress” was originally published in Inc. Magazine. “Seasons” was originally published in Technology Review. All other essays were originally published in the following books: Time Travel and Papa Joe’s Pipe, copyright © 1984 by Alan P. ). , 1948– Dance for two; essays / Alan Lightman. ŠŠŠcm. eISBN: 978-0-307-78962-4 1. Science—Popular works. I. Title. 1 To Jean, Elyse, and Kara CONTENTS Cover Other Books by This Author Title Page Copyright Dedication FOREWORD PAS DE DEUX A FLASH OF LIGHT SMILE IS THE EARTH ROUND OR FLAT?
EISBN: 978-0-307-78962-4 1. Science—Popular works. I. Title. 1 To Jean, Elyse, and Kara CONTENTS Cover Other Books by This Author Title Page Copyright Dedication FOREWORD PAS DE DEUX A FLASH OF LIGHT SMILE IS THE EARTH ROUND OR FLAT? IF BIRDS CAN FLY, WHY, OH WHY, CAN’T I? STUDENTS AND TEACHERS TIME TRAVEL AND PAPA JOE’S PIPE IN HIS IMAGE MIRAGE TO CLEAVE AN ATOM ELAPSED EXPECTATIONS A VISIT BY MR. NEWTON ORIGINS A DAY IN DECEMBER PROGRESS I = V/R NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH TIME FOR THE STARS A MODERN-DAY YANKEE IN A CONNECTICUT COURT THE ORIGIN OF THE UNIVERSE HOW THE CAMEL GOT HIS HUMP IRONLAND OTHER ROOMS SEASONS About the Author FOREWORD THE TWENTY-FOUR ESSAYS in this collection were chosen from the last fifteen years; all have had a previous life in magazines and in other collections.
Suspecting a great deal of instinct in science and reason in art, I asked science friends if they ruminated in pictures or equations, to what extent did they use aesthetic criteria in their work, if they believed in metaphors. I asked artist friends how ideas came to them, how paintings were balanced, why a particular splash of color was placed where it was. ” Could a scientist invent the world like an artist? Wasn’t there still a world outside of our minds? People had landed on the moon and returned.