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The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew
The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew
by Alan Lightman
The bestselling author of Einsteins Dreams explores the emotional and philosophical questions raised by recent discoveries in science with passion and curiosity. 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...
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Screening Room: Family Pictures
Screening Room: Family Pictures
by Alan Lightman
A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR • 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...
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Categories: All Biographies & Memoirs
Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine
Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine
by Alan Lightman
From the bestselling author of Einstein's Dreams—“an elegant and moving paean to our spiritual quest for meaning in an age of science" (The New York Times Book Review). • The basis for the public television series SEARCHING with Alan Lightman.As a physicist, Alan Lightman has always held a scientific view of the world. But one summer...
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In Praise of Wasting Time (TED Books)
In Praise of Wasting Time (TED Books)
by Alan Lightman
In this timely and essential book that offers a fresh take on the qualms of modern day life, Professor Alan Lightman investigates the creativity born from allowing our minds to freely roam, without attempting to accomplish anything and without any assigned tasks.We are all worried about wasting time. Especially in the West, we have...
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Categories: All Religion & Spirituality
Dance for Two: Essays
Dance for Two: Essays
by Alan Lightman
For the last twenty years, Alan Lightman has been writing essays that display his genius for bringing literary and scientific concerns into harmony. Dance for Two gathers the best of Lightman's work. Here are pieces that touch on both the ethereal and the corporeal; the dependence of a ballerina on the laws of physics, the choice of...
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Three Flames: A Novel
Three Flames: A Novel
by Alan Lightman
"Lightman’s best book since Einstein’s Dreams . . . a piercing story of social dissolution in damaged Cambodia . . . an important story of global women’s rights." —Annie Proulx The stories of one Cambodian family are intricately braided together in Alan Lightman’s first work of fiction in seven years. Three Flames portrays the...
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Categories: All Contemporary Fiction & Literature; All Women's Fiction
Mr g: A Novel About the Creation (Vintage Contemporaries)
Mr g: A Novel About the Creation (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Alan Lightman
The internationally bestselling author of Einstein's Dreams presents 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 the shimmering Void, where he lives with his Aunt Penelope...
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Categories: All Contemporary Fiction & Literature
Reunion (Vintage Contemporaries)
Reunion (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Alan Lightman
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 changed his...
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The Discoveries: Great Breakthroughs in 20th-Century Science, Including the Original Papers
The Discoveries: Great Breakthroughs in 20th-Century Science, Including the Original Papers
by Alan Lightman
In this captivating and lucid book, the bestselling author of Einstein's Dreams 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...
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Living with the Genie: Essays On Technology And The Quest For Human Mastery
Living with the Genie: Essays On Technology And The Quest For Human Mastery
by Alan Lightman
Presents essays by contributors from various fields of science, technology, literature, philosophy, and social sciences that look at the struggle between humans and technology.
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The Diagnosis: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
The Diagnosis: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Alan Lightman
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, where he...
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A Sense of the Mysterious: Science and the Human Spirit
A Sense of the Mysterious: Science and the Human Spirit
by Alan Lightman
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--physics, astronomy, mathamatics--and exposes its beauty and intrigue. In these brilliant essays, Lightman explores the emotional life of science, the power of...
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Song of Two Worlds
Song of Two Worlds
by Alan Lightman
In Alan Lightman's new book, a verse narrative titled SONG OF TWO WORLDS, we meet a man who has lost his faith in all things following a mysterious personal tragedy. After decades of living hung like a dried fly, emptied and haunted by his past, the narrator awakens one morning revitalized and begins a Dante-like journey to find...
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GOOD BENITO: A Novel
GOOD BENITO: A Novel
by Alan Lightman
From the author of the best-selling Einstein’s Dreams comes a wonderfully original, deeply moving, and wryly funny novel about the clash between the absolutes of science and the vagaries of human experience. Bennett always knew he would live a life of science. From the homemade rockets and experiments of his childhood to the complex...
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Categories: All Nonfiction
Ghost: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
Ghost: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Alan Lightman
A stunning novel about an ordinary man's encounter with the extraordinary, from the bestselling author of Einstein's DreamsDavid 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 life is changed, and he...
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Categories: All Contemporary Fiction & Literature; All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
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