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Lightman, Alan P. 1948-

Works: 172 works in 841 publications in 26 languages and 26,593 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Biography  Sources  Miscellanea  Ghost stories  Parables  Domestic fiction  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Author of introduction, Other
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Einstein's dreams by Alan P Lightman( Book )

146 editions published between 1982 and 2015 in 26 languages and held by 3,102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1905, Einstein publishes three important papers based on his dreams, each one with a different concept of time
Living with the Genie : essays on technology and the quest for human mastery by Alan P Lightman( )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 2,340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Science and technology continually transform our experience and society in ways that often seem to be beyond our control. Today different areas of research and innovation are advancing synergistically and multiplying the rate and magnitude of technological and societal change. As the power of technology continues to accelerate, who will be the master of whom?" "In Living with the Genie, leading writers and thinkers come together to confront this question from many perspectives, through provocative essays that open the door to a new dialogue on how technology may be changing what it means to be human, in ways we scarcely comprehend."--Jacket
The discoveries by Alan P Lightman( Book )

25 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and Thai and held by 1,865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An unprecedented explosion of creativity, insight, and breakthrough occurred in every field of science in the last century. These discoveries profoundly changed the way we understand the world and our place in it. Now physicist and novelist Lightman tells the stories of two dozen of the most seminal discoveries. He paints the intellectual and emotional landscape of each discovery, portrays the personalities and human drama of the scientists involved, and explains the significance and impact of the work. He explores such questions as whether there were common patterns of research, whether the discoveries were accidental or intentional, and whether the scientists were aware of or oblivious to the significance of what they had found. Finally, Lightman gives a guided tour through each of the original papers, which are included in the book
Great ideas in physics : the conservation of energy, the second law of thermodynamics, the theory of relativity, and quantum mechanics by Alan P Lightman( Book )

48 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What does it mean to say that time and space are relative? How can an electron be in two places at once? For anyone who wants a basic understanding of the physical processes that define the universe, Lightman provides the perfect introduction in Great Ideas in Physics. In addition to explaining physics, he brings in relevant passages from philosophy and literature to demonstrate how these great ideas have impacted the world of thought
The diagnosis by Alan P Lightman( Book )

31 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in 8 languages and held by 1,450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bill Chalmers endures a battery of medical tests to find a diagnosis for his numbness and memory loss
Ghost by Alan P Lightman( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,051 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a divorced and childless forty-two-year-old man takes a job at a local mortuary, his encounter with a supernatural event brings unwanted consequences
Ancient light : our changing view of the universe by Alan P Lightman( Book )

14 editions published between 1990 and 1997 in English and held by 964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of cosmology, including its history, the theories and the evidence, the new discoveries, the outstanding questions and controversies
Mr g : a novel about the creation by Alan P Lightman( Book )

22 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bored with his existence in the shimmering Void with his bickering Uncle Deva and Aunt Penelope, Mr g wakes up from a nap one day and decides to create the universe only to be challenged by intellectual rival Belhor--Novelist
Reunion by Alan P Lightman( Book )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and German and held by 931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Attending his thirtieth college reunion, Charles, now a middle-aged professor, recalls his senior year, when he had an affair with a beautiful young dancer amidst the turbulent social and political upheaval of the 1960s
Origins : the lives and worlds of modern cosmologists by Alan P Lightman( Book )

15 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in English and held by 806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reveals the human being within the scientist, in a unique study of the philosophical, personal, and social factors that enter into the scientific process. Twenty-seven cosmologists talk candidly about their childhood and early influences, their motivations, prejudices, and world views
Good Benito by Alan P Lightman( Book )

23 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in 5 languages and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a scientific genius. The novel analyzes his development from a curiosity-filled child to a professor of physics. But genius comes at a price, in his case the inability to connect with humans. By the author of Einstein's Dreams
Radiative processes in astrophysics by George B Rybicki( Book )

31 editions published between 1979 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Radiative Processes in Astrophysics: This clear, straightforward, and fundamental introduction is designed to present-from a physicist's point of view-radiation processes and their applications to astrophysical phenomena and space science. It covers such topics as radiative transfer theory, relativistic covariance and kinematics, bremsstrahlung radiation, synchrotron radiation, Compton scattering, some plasma effects, and radiative transitions in atoms. Discussion begins with first principles, physically motivating and deriving all results rather than merely presenting finished formulae. However, a reasonably good physics background (introductory quantum mechanics, intermediate electromagnetic theory, special relativity, and some statistical mechanics) is required. Much of this prerequisite material is provided by brief reviews, making the book a self-contained reference for workers in the field as well as the ideal text for senior or first-year graduate students of astronomy, astrophysics, and related physics courses. Radiative Processes in Astrophysics also contains about 75 problems, with solutions, illustrating applications of the material and methods for calculating results. This important and integral section emphasizes physical intuition by presenting important results that are used throughout the main text; it is here that most of the practical astrophysical applications become apparent
Time for the stars : astronomy in the 1990s by Alan P Lightman( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and Japanese and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the current state of American astronomy
Problem book in relativity and gravitation by Alan P Lightman( Book )

41 editions published between 1975 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- CONTENTS -- PREFACE -- NOTATION -- 1. Special-Relativistic Kinematics -- 2. Special-Relativistic Dynamics -- 3. Special-Relativistic Coordinate Transformations, Invariants and Tensors -- 4. Electromagnetism -- 5. Matter and Radiation -- 6. Metrics -- 7. Covariant Differentiation and Geodesic Curves -- 8. Differential Geometry: Further Concepts -- 9. Curvature -- 10. Killing Vectors and Symmetries -- 11. Angular Momentum -- 12. Gravitation Generally -- 13. Gravitational Field Equations and Linearized Theory -- 14. Physics in Curved Spacetime -- 15. The Schwarzschild Geometry -- 16. Spherical Symmetry and Relativistic Stellar Structure -- 17. Black Holes -- 18. Gravitational Radiation -- 19. Cosmology -- 20. Experimental Tests -- 21. Miscellaneous -- INDEX
Revealing the universe : prediction and proof in astronomy( Book )

9 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Searching for stars on an island in Maine by Alan P Lightman( Book )

11 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the acclaimed author of Einstein's Dreams, here is an inspired, lyrical meditation on religion and science that explores the tension between our yearning for permanence and certainty, and the modern scientific discoveries that demonstrate the impermanent and uncertain nature of the world. As a physicist, Alan Lightman has always held a scientific view of the world. As a teenager experimenting in his own laboratory, he was impressed by the logic and materiality of a universe governed by a small number of disembodied forces and laws that decree all things in the world are material and impermanent. But one summer evening, while looking at the stars from a small boat at sea, Lightman was overcome by the overwhelming sensation that he was merging with something larger than himself--a grand and eternal unity, a hint of something absolute and immaterial. Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine is Lightman's exploration of these seemingly contradictory impulses. He draws on sources ranging from Saint Augustine's conception of absolute truth to Einstein's theory of relativity, from the unity of the once-indivisible atom to the multiplicity of subatomic particles and the recent notion of multiple universes. What he gives us is a profound inquiry into the human desire for truth and meaning, and a journey along the different paths of religion and science that become part of that quest. -- Provided by publisher
Time travel and Papa Joe's pipe by Alan P Lightman( Book )

6 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A modern day yankee in a Connecticut court : and other essays on science by Alan P Lightman( Book )

4 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best American science and nature writing 2013( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents fictional and non-fictional stories written by American authors that discuss topics in science and nature
Dance for two : selected essays by Alan P Lightman( Book )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author of Einstein's Dreams now presents a collection of essays, written over the past 20 years, that displays his genius for bringing literary and scientific concerns into ringing harmony. Sometimes provocative, sometimes fanciful, always elegantly conceived and written, these meditations offer readers a fascinating look into the creative compulsions shared by the scientist and the artist. Reading tour
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Living with the Genie : essays on technology and the quest for human mastery
Alternative Names
Alan Lightman Amerikaans natuurkundige

Alan Lightman US-amerikanischer Astrophysiker und Schriftsteller

Lajtman, A.

Lajtman, Alan 1948-

Lightman Alan

Lightman, Alan 1948-

Lightman, Alan P.

Lightman, Alan P. 1948-

Lightman, Alan P. (Alan Paige), 1948-

Lightman, Alan Paige

Lightman, Alan Paige 1948-

Ален Лајтман

Лайтман, Алан американский физик, романист и эссеист

ליטמאן, אלן

آلان لايتمان

آلن لايتمان، 1948-

الن لایتمن

라이트맨, 알렌 1948-

라이트맨, 알렌 P. 1948-

라이트맨, 앨런 1948-

라이트먼, 앨런 1948-

ライトマン, アラン


萊特曼艾倫, Lightman, Alan.

Living with the Genie : essays on technology and the quest for human masteryThe discoveriesGreat ideas in physics : the conservation of energy, the second law of thermodynamics, the theory of relativity, and quantum mechanicsThe diagnosisGhostAncient light : our changing view of the universeReunionOrigins : the lives and worlds of modern cosmologists