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I sogni di Einstein

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  22,274 Ratings  ·  2,284 Reviews
Le notti di un giovane impiegato dell'ufficio brevetti di Berna sono popolate da strani sogni. Sogni inquietanti o luminosi, deliranti o lucidissimi che hanno come unico protagonista il tempo che, di volta in volta, diventa circolare o esteso come una retta, immobile o frenetico, proiettato in avanti o dotato di movimento all'indietro. Partendo da questa idea semplicissima ...more
Paperback, 114 pages
Published 1993 by Guanda (first published 1992)
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Riku Sayuj

Some of the best fun I have had in recent years of reading came in the two hours it took me to read this (including frantic back-tracks and hop-skips) fantastic book. Time is the hero of this collection and comes veiled in every twisted garb we can conceive, or rather, that Einstein can dream up. Einstein in his mad canter towards discovering the most revolutionary idea in science tumbles right down an imaginary wonderland in this book.

What comes out of the recesses of Einstein's brooding on the
How do you check the time?
If you spend a lot of time on your computer, you may simply swivel your eyes to the top right-hand corner of the screen. Or perhaps you wear a wrist watch so all you have to do is move your head slightly to check the time. Maybe you rely on your phone and then you have to make more of an effort, you have to put your hand in your pocket, pull out the phone and switch it on. No? You carry your phone in your hand at all times? Then checking the time has never been easier.
Poetic twists on the paradoxes of time.
The quotidian becomes extraordinary and unsettling.

Time travel needn't involve machines or blue boxes (sorry, Apatt!): Lightman makes it leap off the page and into your mind, leaving you questioning the very root of reality.

Now that I am reading Borges, I assume Lightman was influenced by him (and maybe others), in particular, the short story, Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius


There are about 30 very short chapters (typically, three pages of well-spaced tex
Dec 07, 2012 Rowena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
I had an awful Physics teacher at University, but one thing he was good at was getting the class to understand Einstein's Theory of Relativity, which has always fascinated me.

This book was brilliant. Imagine a world where time is a circle.Or a world where cause and effect are erratic. Or a world where time is not continuous. These are a few of the worlds Einstein dreams up while he's working on his Theory. Time is definitely a central theme in this book and few will be able to look at time (or l
Amira Mahmoud
مع مرور الزمن ثمة عدد لا نهائي من العوالم
نحن نعيش في الزمن، ومع الزمن، أو كما يُقال نعيش دائمًا في سباق مع الزمن. نراقب حركاته، سكناته، أدنى حركة تصدر منه على شكل أقل من الثانية ونسعى لقياسه بكافة الوسائل والاستفادة منه بكافة الطرق على المستوى العلمي وعلى مستوى الحياة أيضًا وهذا هو الأهم والأكثر شيوعًا.
نحن دومًا ما نحاول انتزاع ساعات/لحظات إضافية عنوة من الزمن، نحاول أن نراوغه رغم أننا نعلم بضعف قدرتنا أمامه، بقدرته على الاستقلال والمضي قدمًا دون الالتفات للحظات التي نريد إيقافها كلحظات السعاد
Feb 12, 2015 Manny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Manny by: Everyone
In this world, a scientific theory is a game. Scientific gamers spend their lives investigating new strategies, tactics, opening variations. Most gamers work on established games - chess, whist, electromagnetism - but every now and then someone invents a new game.

The Institut für Spielforschung on Hochschulstrasse in Bern is in the middle of hosting an international games conference. Gamers have come from a dozen countries to present the results of their latest researches. In the main auditoriu
May 04, 2009 lucke1984 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every Single person on the planet and beyond
Exquisite, Everyone should read this book, everyone should give this book away, it should be thrown from rooftops and forced upon youngsters. I will not venture to commingle a necessarily clunky and didactic summary with the poetic prose that is as much about the feeling stirred from reading each individual word than anything a summary could attempt. Suffice it to say that this book is excellent, beautiful and amazing, if a book is universally capable of changing your life... if only for a momen ...more
This was for me a refreshing and delightful read on alternative conceptions of time, borne out of playful thought experiments set among the residents of the city of Berne Switzerland in 1908. These permutations are alternated with interludes from the daily life of Einstein, who was then using his free time as a patent office worker to develop his Special Theory of Relativity, which demands of us to conceive of time as just another dimension in the space-time continuum. Most will have heard of hi ...more
Aug 21, 2014 A rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physics, sci-fi, fiction
I didn't quite get this book. I am sure it simply went over my head. I'm no stranger to physics and what-not so I figured this would be a good read. My review below is evidence of my frustration with this book.

I don't understand how people not only rated this book so highly, but also claim to have had some kind of enlightening experience from having read it. I thought this book was incredibly kitchy. Each chapter is a vignette of a world with some perturbation in the way time itself works, and b
Saud Omar
Jun 24, 2015 Saud Omar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
من مدونتي: ثمانون كتابا بحثا عن مخرج


حصلت على نسخة من هذا العمل منذ خمس سنوات, ومنذ ذلك الحين وأنا أعيد
قراءته مره كل عام.

كتاب أحلام اينشتاين عبارة عن ثلاثين فصلاً قصيراً, كل فصل هو مزيج من القصة والفلسفة والعلم والتصوف بخصوص الزمن.

كل فصل يحكي قصة عالم مختلف للزمن فيه قصة مختلفه .. في أحد العوالم يكون الزمن دائري يكرر نفسه إلا ما لانهاية .. وفي عالم أخر يكون الزمن عبارة عن ثلاث ابعاد في كل بعد يكون لكل شخص قصة مختلفه .. وفي عالم أخر لا يوجد مستقبل .. وفي عالم أخر
J.G. Keely
There are few things more disappointing than seeing an author take an idea that should fascinate and surprise us, and reducing it until it is little more than a dull blip. In the process of trying to render them accessible to his audience, he stripped from them anything that might be really challenging or thought-provoking. In the end, his writing simply lacked the subtlety and power required.

The work is structured like that of other authors seeking aphoristic profundity, like Borges, Calvino, w
Jul 22, 2008 Chaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun, fast (relatively..pun intended) and thought-provoking read! Lightman presents easily over 20+ depictions of Einstein’s theory of relativity. Each little vignette unveils a different world of how to perceive time. If time were crystal ball, Lightman looks at this crystal ball from above, below, upside down, inside out, backwards, forward etc. Although some of the stories weren’t incredibly captivating — most were and I would suggest this book to any artist visual/musical/literary or p ...more
Jul 01, 2014 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lightman -- interesting that his surname evokes Einstein -- has written a seemingly innocuous but profound little book. As I went through my daily chores today, any words rising to the surface of my consciousness as I thought of the review I would be writing later (which is now; though that 'now' exists no longer) sounded like cliches, easy to speak of Time in that way, as everything we say, think and do is full of references to Time and can be done only in Time.

Lightman's dream about the world
Brain candy on the subjective and shifting nature of time, relativity, and human existence. If Calvino's Invisible Cities explores fantasy in geography, then Einstein's Dreams explores fantasy and unreal times.
Franco  Santos
Aug 05, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Satírico, original, reflexivo. Sueños de Einstein es un libro que todos deberían leer. Es un conjunto de relatos (muy cortos y con una prosa exquisita) que expresan los distintos modos que tiene el tiempo de manifestarse. Es decir, ¿qué pasaría si el pasado fuese inestable, si todas las mañanas cada persona se despertara con un pasado diferente? ¿Qué pasaría si se viviera eternamente? ¿Y si no pudiéramos aceptar el presente? ¿Y si viviéramos solo un día? ¿Y qué me dicen de un mundo en el que el ...more
Mar 14, 2011 Marvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This 179 page book took me four days to read. Not because it was difficult. In fact, the prose was exquisite and effortless in its beauty. It was because I wanted to read and cherish all of the novel's short vignettes rather than rush through. The book is a series of dreams, close to 30 in all, that Albert Einstein is dreaming as he struggles with his theory of relativity. Alan Lightman, a physicist himself, describes aspects of the theory and time itself through these descriptive "stories". Thi ...more
Sep 12, 2007 Lena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I don't remember this book well enough to write a full review. But over a decade after reading it, one of the ideas presented in it has stayed with me. That idea was that there are people who function according to the rhythms of their bodies, and those who function according to the rhythms of the clock. The book suggested that a person can be one or the other, but not both. At the time I read it, I was in the process of shifting away from my clock-based life, and things have never quite been the ...more
K.D. Absolutely
I bought this book at its regular price (P599=$14) in 1993. I tried reading it right away but after a few pages, I lost interest. Then last Good Friday, when I was dusting my tbr books, I saw this and it looked like a quick read so I put it on top of my stacks of books and yesterday I finished it in a couple of hours.

It is about various scenarios (or Einstein's or Lightman's dreams) where time is different from what we have and know it now. There are 13 of those and most of them are fascinating
Jan 26, 2013 Guillermo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction

I don't smoke anymore, but man, If I did, this book would be perfect. There's not alot of narrative, its just a series of fictional dreams that Einstein would've had as he was hammering out his theory of time in the early 20th century.

There are brief narrative interludes that describe the times Besso and the ever so aloof Einstein share some time together, but most of the book consists of thought experiments on the nature of time.

The nameless human characters that are cast in these vignettes a
Mar 10, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Today I had some time on my hands to provide you with the thoughts I have on this book.

Developing a scientific theory surly takes time. I won't happen over night. I always wondered what goes around in the minds of great minds when they are "in the zone", totally immersed in their respective thoughts. What are their dreams at night after a full day of theorizing? This book gives an answer, albeit a fictional one.

Author Alan Lightman (what an aptly name for a physicist) provides a dream diary of A
مجموعة قصص تتناول الزمن بأشكال مختلفة. عبقري جدا، منذ زمن لم أقرأ كتابا بهذه اللهفة، ما إن تبدأ به، لن تغلقه قبل أن تنهيه.
I could not resist....


The author sits, in front of him a pile of galley proofs, it is his book about the nature of time. He starts at the end, reading, checking, and as he does so the words disappear from the page, each page from the pile. He looks forward to finishing his work. Eventually the first letter disappears from the page, the first that began the book. He sits, reflecting upon the empty space in front of him. He should write a book, he thinks to himself. Yes, a book about the nature
This is a brilliantly entertaining read. The book gives off a magical sort of vibe: you join Lightman (or rather, Einstein) down the rabbit hole, in a sense, and experience time, and various conceptions of time, in Einstein's dreams. There are beautiful interludes between the short dreams, where we join Einstein: "He has come to the office at dawn, after another upheaval. His hair is uncombed and his trousers are too big. In his hands he holds twenty crumbled pages, his new theory of time, which ...more
Marc Kozak
This seemed like something that would be right up my alley, but man, were these 140 double-spaced pages hard to get through.

We get about 30 four-to-five page chapters that each cover how the world would work if the concept of time was different -- What if time moved at different speeds in different cities? What if people had no conception of the future? What if everyone's life span was only one day? Etc etc etc. Sounds cool, sure.

Unfortunately the writing is so lightweight that each five-page se
Meriam Kharbat
Dec 12, 2012 Meriam Kharbat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
June 1905,

A man sits on his desk, where a number of books lie open, and many sheets of paper, where unsuccessful mathematical formulas were stricken through, are scattered all around the floor. Today he has finished writing his third paper. He writes his name on the first page. He gathers his manuscript, takes a deep breath and leaves the house.

Behind the typewriter a young woman is typing the manuscript. She does not understand the equations, but she seems pleased with the title: «On the Elect
Frederic  Germay
Mar 24, 2013 Frederic Germay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've got to start reading some bad books. I'm afraid my Goodreads average score is too high. Maybe I should read Twilig-- nah, never mind.

Einstein's Dreams was one of the better books I've come across in recent memory, much thanks to the recommendation of fellow Goodreader, Rowena Monde. For some reason, I expected something of a novel here, perhaps a single strand narrative of Einstein crafting his brilliant Theory of Relativity, but the book was more like a collection of stories. Each chapter,
Scientists are brilliant writers. Their ideas, the coherence of phrases, the flowing writing, the logic, the meaning behind the allegories have no match in literature. And when the book is mostly philosophical but based on a physics component, is even more outstanding.

And this book is all that. It is not sci-fi or scientific, as the title may mislead and it has no plot whatsoever. It is a book about you, me, us and humanity’s most fearful enemy: Time.

Is time really flowing only onward? Nobody kn
(review in english below)

Mas que grande seca! E que desilusão...
O tema interessava-me (ideias de Einstein sobre a natureza do tempo) e a classificação média no Goodreads era superior a 4 estrelas, pelo que estava na minha lista há já algum tempo. Quando o descobri em casa da minha mãe, numa altura em que procurava um livro pequeno, foi fácil decidir-me por ele.

O facto de ter levado quase um mês a ler um livro com cerca de 100 páginas deveu-se a várias coisas, entre as quais o já referido facto d

A series of vignettes which focus on time in different worlds and the unique way it manifests itself in each.

Einstein's Dreams was definitely interesting to read and at times quite thought provoking, but once I got to the half way point it did get kind of repetitive with its message of family and love and not taking things for granted and knowing what's important and so forth. It all started to feel quite heavy handed and preachy.

There were some concepts of time which were really fasci
Sawsan Amien
آلان لايتمان يكتب عن أحلام وتأملات اينشتاين في الزمن, وقت ما كان موظف في مكتب لبراءات الاختراع, عوالم خيالية وحالات مختلفة لشكل الزمن يفكر فيها اينشتاين وتصوير لأحوال الناس في هذه العوالم
ماذا لو ان الزمن يوم واحد, أفعال الناس لو عرفوا ان العالم سينتهي في زمن محدد, ماذا لو ان الزمن دائرة بتتكرر فيها الأحداث,ولو انتقل الناس للماضي وكانوا قادرين على تغيير المستقبل,وغيرها من أشكال كثيرة وغريبة, تنقلت في فصول هذا الكتاب ما بين الماضى والحاضر والمستقبل
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Alan Lightman is a physicist, novelist, and essayist born in Memphis, Tennessee. He is an adjunct professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author of the international bestseller Einstein's Dreams.

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“Suppose time is a circle, bending back on itself. The world repeats itself, precisely, endlessly.” 1311 likes
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