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Lightman, Alan P. 1948-

Works: 225 works in 1,006 publications in 24 languages and 29,492 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Biographical fiction  Biographies  Sources  Trivia and miscellanea  Domestic fiction  Ghost stories  Romance fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Author of introduction, Other, wpr, Creator
Classifications: QB981, 813.54
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Einstein's dreams by Alan P Lightman( Book )

89 editions published between 1992 and 2019 in 24 languages and held by 2,753 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( )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 2,420 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 )

32 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and Thai and held by 1,796 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.--From publisher description
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 )

50 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,762 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 )

29 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in 7 languages and held by 1,360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bill Chalmers endures a battery of medical tests to find a diagnosis for his numbness and memory loss
Three flames : a novel by Alan P Lightman( )

6 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and held by 1,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Portrays the struggles of a Cambodian farming family against the extreme patriarchal attitudes of their society and the cruel and dictatorial family father, set against a rural community that is slowly being exposed to the modern world and its values. The book spans the period from 1973, just before the Khmer Rouge genocide, to 2015"--
Ghost by Alan P Lightman( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 973 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
Problem book in relativity and gravitation by Alan P Lightman( Book )

47 editions published between 1975 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 953 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

18 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in English and held by 948 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
Ancient light : our changing view of the universe by Alan P Lightman( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 944 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 )

23 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 898 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 )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 858 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
Radiative processes in astrophysics by George B Rybicki( Book )

37 editions published between 1979 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 834 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
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 797 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 )

19 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 715 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
Time for the stars : astronomy in the 1990s by Alan P Lightman( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the current state of American astronomy
Song of two worlds by Alan P Lightman( )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2018 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a mysterious personal tragedy, the narrator of this story has lost his faith in all things and lives "hung like a dried fly", empty and haunted by his past. He awakes one morning revitalized and begins a Dante-like journey to find something to believe in, exploring science, philosophy, religion, and human life. A novel in verse
Revealing the universe : prediction and proof in astronomy( Book )

12 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In praise of wasting time by Alan P Lightman( Book )

11 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and Thai and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In today's frenzied and wired world, we are obsessed with the idea of not "wasting time." But have we lost the silences and solitude so essential to our inner lives? A great deal of evidence suggests the value in wasting time, of letting the mind lie fallow for some periods, of letting minutes and hours go by without scheduled activities or intended tasks, of unplugging from the grid. In this vital investigation of the rush and heave of the modern world, Alan Lightman explores the technological and cultural origins of our time-driven lives. More importantly, he reveals the many values of "wasting time", for replenishing the mind, for creative thought, and for finding and solidifying the inner self. Lightman urges us, as both individuals and as a society, to break free of the idea that not a second is to be wasted and to discover that sometimes the best thing to do is to do nothing at all
Time travel and Papa Joe's pipe by Alan P Lightman( Book )

6 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Living with the Genie : essays on technology and the quest for human mastery
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 diagnosisGhostProblem book in relativity and gravitationAncient light : our changing view of the universeReunion
Alternative Names
Alan Lightman Amerikaans natuurkundige

Alan Lightman US-amerikanischer Astrophysiker und Schriftsteller

Alan P. Lightman

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 А.

Лайтман, Алан американский физик, романист и эссеист

Ալան Լայթման

ליטמאן, אלן

آلان لايتمان عالم فيزياء فلكية، وروائي وكاتب خيال علمي أمريكي

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


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