Book Review : Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman

“A person who cannot imagine the future is a person who cannot contemplate the result of his action. Some are thus paralyzed into inaction.”


“In a world without future, each moment is the end.”


My Rating : *4.5 Stars*

This was a brilliant book and without doubt I want to recommend this book to every one. This was a very delightful read and took only three hours to read it. It was fun, fast and a thought provoking read.

Time is the soul of this book and basically this book is a collection of Einstein’s dreams(fictional dreams) which he saw when he was working on the Theory of Relativity(or say when he was struggling with the idea of relativity).

I liked the way these dreams were presented and I liked the poetry, the words were really flowing.

I don’t call this a novel and actually this book is a collection of about 30 vignettes and these vignettes are entirely based on different realities of time.

Now I have few questions for you :

How do you see time? And what do you see, when you picture time?

What if, you stuck in time?


What if, time is a circle?

What if, time has three dimension, like space?

“In this world, time has three dimension, like space. Just as an object may move in three perpendicular directions, corresponding to horizontal, vertical and longitudinal, so an object may participate in three perpendicular futures. Each future moves in different direction of time. Each future is real. At every point of decision, the world split into three worlds, each with the same people, but different fates for those people. In time, there are an infinity of worlds.”

If you know the answers of these questions then good, but if not then go read this book and face the different realities of time and answer these questions for yourself 😉

You’ll be amazed!

Happy Reading!


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