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Murder by Death

I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.

Einstein's Dreams

Einstein's Dreams - Alan Lightman

Not quite what I thought it was going to be, but interesting and thought-provoking nonetheless.  

 

My expectations were more along the lines of a fictional re-creation of Einstein's musings concerning the physics of time as depicted through his daydreams.  I was almost right.

 

Instead, each entry is more akin to a thought experiment, where the character Einstein draws out every idiom concerning time to it's farthest conclusion.  What would the world be like if time were frozen?  If we lived in the past?  Only for today?  Only looked ahead?

 

Some of the entries come closer to aspects of his theory of general relativity than others.  Some are far more philosophical than empirical.  Some had, to my way of thinking, fundamental flaws in their logic, making the entry impossible (although I attribute this to the author, not the character).   But all of them are thought provoking and each would serve as fodder for endless debates and conversations, given the right two or more people.

 

I'm glad I've read it, although I think Please, Mr. Einstein a far more compelling and meaningful fictional exercise.  Definitely worth a read if you're in a philosophical mood but don't want to be weighted down under anything too heavy.

 

This book works for the Murder Your Darlings game card: Crime Scene: the Hob, District 12.  (The cover is half black and the title is in white letters.)