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Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman
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Aug 22, 2009

it was ok
Recommended to Jesse by: Kate Tobin

A friend recommended this to me after I lent her God's Debris. I feel like if I read this before Scott Adams' book I might've liked it a little more but I still think it, while for the most part being a worthwhile read, was nothing incredible. Of course it doesn't cover a broad range of ideas like God's Debris as each chapter is simply a different take on time, and while I can see the similarities it's probably unfair to lump them in together as Lightman's book is, I'm afraid, quite a bit inferior. I felt like most of the book was simply fun ideas rather than potentially persuasive theories and the fun ideas were often not too striking. I think this would be good for someone who hasn't had a thousand conversations with friends about time and the universe, and I don't want to dismiss the book entirely, but to me it felt too much like I had already thought about much of what it was trying to make me think about and most of that wasn't deeply compelling.
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Thom Dunn Perhaps I just lack imagination. Time is time and here in my little corner of the 72 years of age....I'm running out of it.

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