. After decades of living hung like a dried fly, first turning to the world of science and then to the world of philosophy, the narrator awakens one morning revitalized and begins a Dante-like journey to find something to believe in, emptied and haunted by his past, religion, and human life.
The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You KnewVintage #ad - It is a meditation by a remarkable humanist-physicist, a book worth reading by anyone entranced by big ideas grounded in the physical world. Peter L. Here is a book about nesting ospreys, atheism, spiritualism, multiple universes, and the arrow of time. Alan lightman brings a light touch to heavy questions.
The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew #ad - 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 volume, lightman looks toward the universe and captures aspects of it in a series of beautifully written essays, each offering a glimpse at the whole from a different perspective: here time, there symmetry, not least God.
Galison, joseph Pellegrino University Professor, Harvard University.
Mr g: A Novel About the Creation Vintage ContemporariesVintage #ad - An intellectual equal to mr g, requests that the newly created intelligent creatures not be subject to rational laws, Belhor delights in provoking him: Belhor demands an explanation for the inexplicable, and maintains the necessity of evil. As i remember, i had just woken up from a nap when I decided to create the universe.
So begins alan lightman’s playful and profound new novel, Mr g, the story of Creation as told by God. As mr g watches his favorite universe grow into maturity, he begins to understand how the act of creation can change himself, the Creator. With echoes of calvino, and moral philosophy, combining science, theology, Rushdie, and Saramago, Mr g is a stunningly imaginative work that celebrates the tragic and joyous nature of existence on the grandest possible scale.
Mr g: A Novel About the Creation Vintage Contemporaries #ad - Barraged by the constant advisements and bickerings of Aunt Penelope and Uncle Deva, who live with their nephew in the shimmering Void, space, Mr g proceeds to create time, and matter. Then come stars, consciousness, and, planets, animate matter, finally, intelligent beings with moral dilemmas. Mr g is all powerful but not all knowing and does much of his invention by trial and error.
Even the best-laid plans can go awry, and mr g discovers that with his creation of space and time come some unforeseen consequences—especially in the form of the mysterious Belhor, a clever and devious rival.
Searching for Stars on an Island in MaineVintage #ad - He draws on sources ranging from saint augustine's conception of absolute truth to Einstein's theory of relativity, from the unity of the once-indivisible atom to the multiplicity of subatomic particles and the recent notion of multiple universes. As a teenager experimenting in his own laboratory, he was impressed by the logic and materiality of a universe governed by a small number of disembodied forces and laws that decree all things in the world are material and impermanent.
From the acclaimed author of einstein's dreams, here is an inspires, lyrical meditation on religion and science that explores the tension between our yearning for permanence and certainty, and the modern scientific discoveries that demonstrate the impermanent and uncertain nature of the world. As a physicist, alan Lightman has always held a scientific view of the world.
Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine #ad - What he gives us is a profound inquiry into the human desire for truth and meaning, and a journey along the different paths of religion and science that become part of that quest. Searching for stars on an Island in Maine is Lightman's exploration of these seemingly contradictory impulses. But one summer evening, lightman was overcome by the overwhelming sensation that he was merging with something larger than himself—a grand and eternal unity, while looking at the stars from a small boat at sea, a hint of something absolute and immaterial.
Einstein's Dreams Vintage ContemporariesVintage #ad - As the defiant but sensitive young genius is creating his theory of relativity, a new conception of time, he imagines many possible worlds. A modern classic, einstein’s dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, about time, relativity and physics. In another, there is a place where time stands still, visited by lovers and parents clinging to their children.
In poetic vignettes, the process of creativity, it explores the connections between science and art, and ultimately the fragility of human existence. In another, time is a nightingale, sometimes trapped by a bell jar. Now translated into thirty languages, dancers, Einstein’s Dreams has inspired playwrights, musicians, and painters all over the world.
Einstein's Dreams Vintage Contemporaries #ad - In one, time is circular, so that people are fated to repeat triumphs and failures over and over.