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Einstein's Dreams is a 1992 novel by Alan Lightman. (ISBN 0-446-67011-1)

The novel fictionalizes Albert Einstein as a young scientist who is troubled by dreams as he works on his theory of relativity in 1905. The book consists of 30 chapters, each exploring one dream about time that Einstein had during this period. The framework of the book consists of a prelude, three interludes, and an epilogue. Einstein's friend, Michele Besso, appears in these sections. Each dream involves a conception of time. Some scenarios may involve exaggerations of true phenomena related to relativity, and some may be entirely fantastical. The book demonstrates the relationship each human being has to time, and thus spiritually affirms Einstein's theory of relativity.

Einstein's Dreams was an international bestseller and has been translated into thirty languages. It was runner up for the 1994 L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award. Einstein's Dreams was also the March 1998 selection for National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation" Book Club. The novel has been used in numerous colleges and universities, in many cases for university-wide adoptions in "common-book" programs.

"Einstein's Dreams" was adapted for the stage by David Gardiner and Ralf Remshardt and first performed at the University of Florida in 1996. An off-off-Broadway production of this stage version ran briefly in 2003; it has also been performed in Los Angeles and Beijing. An audio recording of the play is available at the Library of Congress.

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