Alan Lightman

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Alan Lightman is an American writer, physicist, and social entrepreneur. Born in 1948, he was educated at Princeton and at the California Institute of Technology, where he received a PhD in theoretical physics. He has received five honorary doctoral degrees. Lightman has served on the faculties of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was the first person at MIT to receive dual faculty appointments in science and in the humanities. He is currently professor of the practice of the humanities at MIT. His scientific research in astrophysics has concerned
black holes, relativity theory, radiative processes, and the dynamics of systems of stars. His essays and articles have appeared in the Atlantic, Granta, Harper’s, the
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Alan Lightman's Blithering Blog

Hello Goodreads Community.

This is the first posting on my first blog. The occasion of starting this blog is the publication of my new novel,
THREE FLAMES.Three Flames
This book is dear to my heart, as it comes out of 30 trips to Cambodia over a 15 year period and listening to the stories of people and a culture that was devastated by the Khmer Rouge army in the mid 1970s. I am particularly impressed Read more of this blog post »
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“Suppose time is a circle, bending back on itself. The world repeats itself, precisely, endlessly.”
Alan Lightman, Einstein's Dreams

“The tragedy of this world is that no one is happy, whether stuck in a time of pain or of joy. The tragedy of this world is that everyone is alone. For a life in the past cannot be shared with the present. Each person who gets stuck in time gets stuck alone.”
Alan Lightman, Einstein's Dreams

“The tragedy of this world is that everyone is alone. For a life in the past cannot be shared with the present.”
Alan Lightman, Einstein's Dreams




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