Alan P. Lightman - Author

About the Author

Alan Lightman is a novelist, essayist, physicist, and educator. Currently, he is Adjunct Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is married to Jean Greenblatt Lightman, a painter, and has two daughters, Elyse and Kara.

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Problem Book in Relativity and Gravitation

Problem Book in Relativity and Gravitation

Author: Alan P. Lightman, Richard H. Price, William H. Press, Saul A. Teukolsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/09/2017

An essential resource for learning about general relativity and much more, from four leading experts Important and useful to every student of relativity, this book is a unique collection of some 475 problems--with solutions--in the fields of special and general relativity, gravitation, relativistic astrophysics, and cosmology. The problems are expressed in broad physical terms to enhance their pertinence to readers with diverse backgrounds. In their solutions, the authors have attempted to convey a mode of approach to these kinds of problems, revealing procedures that can reduce the labor of calculations while avoiding the pitfall of too much or too powerful formalism. Although well suited for individual use, the volume may also be used with one of the modem textbooks in general relativity.

Problem Book in Relativity and Gravitation

Problem Book in Relativity and Gravitation

Author: Alan P. Lightman, Richard H. Price, William H. Press, Saul A. Teukolsky Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2017

An essential resource for learning about general relativity and much more, from four leading experts Important and useful to every student of relativity, this book is a unique collection of some 475 problems--with solutions--in the fields of special and general relativity, gravitation, relativistic astrophysics, and cosmology. The problems are expressed in broad physical terms to enhance their pertinence to readers with diverse backgrounds. In their solutions, the authors have attempted to convey a mode of approach to these kinds of problems, revealing procedures that can reduce the labor of calculations while avoiding the pitfall of too much or too powerful formalism. Although well suited for individual use, the volume may also be used with one of the modem textbooks in general relativity.

Reunion

Reunion

Author: Alan P. Lightman Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/05/2004

At fifty-two, Charles is a professor at a minor 'leafy little college', a once promising poet, divorced, admiring of passion but without passion himself. Out of impulse, he decides to attend his thirtieth college reunion - and there magically witnesses a replay of his last year in college. Thirty years ago, Charles, then a romantic and tender twenty-two year-old, had fallen obsessively in love with a beautiful dancer. Drawn back into his past like a moth to a flame, he recalls his love affair played out amidst the social and political chaos of the late 1960s. Struggling with memories that often appear contradictory, Charles confronts once again the series of devastating events that forever changed his life.

The Diagnosis

The Diagnosis

Author: Alan P. Lightman Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2001

One day Bill Charmers, a junior executive, realizes that he cannot remember where he is or even who he is. His memory returns and he descends into a mental nightmare. With no conclusive medical answers, his wife thinks he is imagining it, while his colleagues are oblivious to his suffering.

Dance for Two Selected Essays

Dance for Two Selected Essays

Author: Alan P. Lightman Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/08/1996

This is a collection of essays which display the author's talent for bringing literary and scientific concerns into harmony. These meditations touch upon both the ethereal and the corporeal: the dependence of a ballerina on the laws of physics; the chice every scientist makes between tinkering and theorizing; the unscientific nature of discovery; the mystery of human flight without propellers; and the impulse behind the unprompted smile. In Dance for Two , Alan Lightman offers readers a look into the creative complusions shared by the scientist and the artist, and a glimpse as well into his own imagination. Alan Lightman is the author of Einstein's Dreams .

Good Benito

Good Benito

Author: Alan P. Lightman Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/05/1995

This is the story of a physicist as a young man. Benito adores the rationality of physics and pursues it with a religious fervour. He finds very little rationality in his affairs with women however, they make no sense to him. Other work by the author includes Einstein's Dreams .

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