Dance for Two Essays

ISBN-10: 0679758771
ISBN-13: 9780679758778
Edition: 1996
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Description: The author of Einstein's Dreams now presents a collection of essays, written over the past 20 years, that displays his genius for bringing literary and scientific concerns into ringing harmony. Sometimes provocative, sometimes fanciful, always  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/26/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

The author of Einstein's Dreams now presents a collection of essays, written over the past 20 years, that displays his genius for bringing literary and scientific concerns into ringing harmony. Sometimes provocative, sometimes fanciful, always elegantly conceived and written, these meditations offer readers a fascinating look into the creative compulsions shared by the scientist and the artist. Reading tour.

Alan Lightman was born in Memphis, Tenn. in 1948. As a boy, he had what seemed like incompatible interests--writing poetry and building rockets. He eventually put his literary interests aside to concentrate on science. After completing an A.B. at Princeton University in 1970, a Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology in 1974, and postdoctoral studies at Cornell University in 1976, Lightman moved directly into academia, teaching astronomy and physics at Harvard, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In the 1980s, however, Lightman found a way to combine his literary and scientific interests when he began to write essays about science. He explored astronomy, cosmology, particle physics, space exploration, and the life of a scientist, writing about these topics in a way that makes them understandable to the average reader. Many of his essays can be found in the collections Time Travel and Papa Joe's Pipe and A Modern-Day Yankee in a Connecticut Court and Other Essays on Science. Alan Lightman is also the author of "Ancient Light: Our Changing View of the Universe", which won the Boston Globe's 1991 Critics' Choice award for non-fiction; and co-author of "Origins: The Lives and Worlds of Modern Cosmologists", which received an award from the Association of American Publishers in 1990. In the 1990's, Lightman branched out into fiction, although still with a focus on science, with the novels "Einstein's Dreams" and "Good Benito."

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

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