Einstein’s Dreams was captivating, delicate, and intricate. It was a beautiful mix of physics, creative writing, imagery, metaphor, and Einstein all written by a theoretical physicist.
The Plot: The book is written in a series of vignettes, which are dated renditions of the fictional dreams of Einstein about his various ideas on time. It is interluded with bits about Einstein and his family and friends, and his desire to express those dreams and ideas about time. The vignettes place you in different worlds in which time operates in a way that totally changes the framework of how we function and interact. More than a tale of physics and space-time, though, the novel is about the human experience, the nature of man, no matter what time frame he may be in, and what is important, what is beautiful, and what it means to be human.
“It is a world of impulse. It is a world in which every word spoken speaks just to that moment, every glance given has only one meaning, each touch has no past or future, each kiss is a kiss of immediacy.” —Page 32
“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.” —Page 49
“Some say it is best not to go near the center of time. Life is a vessel of sadness, but it is a noble life to live, and without time there is no life. Others disagree. They would rather have an eternity of contentment, even if that eternity were fixed and frozen. like a butterfly mounted in a case.” —Page 56
Notes: The book is a quick and fascinating read. If you’re looking for something to read piece by piece over a few nights, or something you can sit down and read at all at once, this book is a great choice. Definitely recommend!