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Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman
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May 15, 12

bookshelves: 11th-grade-advisory
Read in May, 2012

This book is a collection of fictional stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905. In all of the stories, time is distorted resulting in different lives and perspectives, however they were all within the same setting (most likely from where Einstein had lived). For example, in one dream, time moved backwards. It began with a rotting brown peach tossed in a garbage can, then as time continued, the peach was placed in a grocery store, becoming more firm and pink, then the peach was still on its stem growing on a tree. All the theories of time in each story was very interesting and enlightening. The book also included snippets of Einstein's life as "interludes" between a couple of chapters. This was interesting to read, especially since it gave a more personal face to Einstein's famous figure.

I really enjoyed reading this book even though it was a math assignment as well. The ideas for each of the dreams were so creative and fun to read.
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