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              Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime

              Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime (Hardback)

              By Alter, Stephen; Foreword by Lightman, Alan

              Stephen Alter was raised by American missionary parents in the hill station of Mussoorie, in the foothills of the Himalayas, where he and his wife, Ameeta, now live. Their idyllic existence was brutally interrupted when four armed intruders invaded their house and viciously attac...ked them, leaving them for dead. The violent assault and the trauma left him questioning assumptions he had lived by since childhood. For the first time, he encountered the face of evil and the terror of the unknown. He felt like a foreigner in the land of his birth --
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              ISBN 9781628725100
              Released NZ 1 Jun 2015
              Publisher Skyhorse Publishing
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              Searching For Stars on an Island in Maine

              Searching For Stars on an Island in Maine (Hardback)

              By Lightman, Alan

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              An inspired, lyrical meditation on religion and science, with an exploration of the tension between our yearning for permanence and certainty versus modern scientific discoveries pointing to the impermanent and uncertain nature of the world.

              ISBN 9781472152824
              Released NZ 10 Apr 2018
              Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Quantum Legacies - Dispatches from an Uncertain World

              Quantum Legacies - Dispatches from an Uncertain World (Hardback)

              By Kaiser, David; Lightman, Alan

              • RRP: $49.99
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              The ideas at the root of quantum theory remain stubbornly, famously bizarre: a solid world reduced to puffs of probability; particles that tunnel through walls; cats suspended in zombielike states, neither alive nor dead; and twinned particles that share entangled fates. For more... than a century, physicists have grappled with these conceptual uncertainties while enmeshed in the larger uncertainties of the social and political worlds around them, a time pocked by the rise of fascism, cataclysmic world wars, and a new nuclear age. In Quantum Legacies, David Kaiser introduces readers to iconic episodes in physicists' still-unfolding quest to understand space, time, and matter at their most fundamental. In a series of vibrant essays, Kaiser takes us inside moments of discovery and debate among the great minds of the era-Albert Einstein, Erwin Schrodinger, Stephen Hawking, and many more who have indelibly shaped our understanding of nature-as they have tried to make sense of a messy world. Ranging across space and time, the episodes span the heady 1920s, the dark days of the 1930s, the turbulence of the Cold War, and the peculiar political realities that followed. In those eras as in our own, researchers' ambition has often been to transcend the vagaries of here and now, to contribute lasting insights into how the world works that might reach beyond a given researcher's limited view. In Quantum Legacies, Kaiser unveils the difficult and unsteady work required to forge some shared understanding between individuals and across generations, and in doing so, he illuminates the deep ties between scientific exploration and the human condition.
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              ISBN 9780226698052
              Released NZ 15 Mar 2020
              Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
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              Einstein's Dreams

              Einstein's Dreams (Paperback)

              By Lightman, Alan

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              A fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland. It explores the connections between science and art, the process of creativity, and ultimately the fragility of human existence.

              ISBN 9781780335575
              Released NZ 20 Dec 2005
              Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
              Interest Age 0-0 years
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              Einstein's Dreams
               

              Einstein's Dreams (Trade Paperback / Paperback, illustrated edition)

              By Lightman, Alan

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              An imaginary re-creation of Einstein's discovery of the nature of time, this novel takes readers through the young patent clerk's many dreams depicting compelling conceptions of time. New signed, boxed edition.

              ISBN 9781400077809
              Publisher Random House
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              Series Vintage contemporaries
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              Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime
               

              Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Alter, Stephen; Foreword by Lightman, Alan

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              2015 Winner of Kekoo Naoroji Book Award for Himalayan Writing

              ISBN 9781628729092
              Publisher Misc - NewSouth
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              Flatland

              Flatland (Paperback, New edition)

              By Abbott, Edwin; Introduction by Lightman, Alan

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              A deft mixture of social satire and science fiction that poses provocative questions about perception and reality. The novel is a parody of Victorian society where all existence is limited to length and breadth - its inhabitants unable even to imagine a third dimension.

              ISBN 9780140435313
              Released NZ 3 May 2010
              Publisher Penguin
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              Series Penguin Classics
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              Ada and the Galaxies
               

              Ada and the Galaxies (Hardback)

              By Lightman, Alan; Pastuchiv, Olga; Illustrated by Chapman, Susanna

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              Stargazers rejoice! In his first book for children, renowned physicist Alan Lightman and collaborators, with help from the Hubble telescope, light up the night sky. New York Times best-selling author Alan Lightman, in collaboration with Olga Pastuchiv, brings galaxies close in a ...stunning picture-book tribute to the interconnectedness of the natural world. Layering photographs taken from the Hubble telescope into charming and expressive art, illustrator Susanna Chapman zooms in on one child's experiences: Ada knows that the best place for star-gazing is on the island in Maine where she vacations with her grandparents. By day, she tracks osprey in the trees, paddles a kayak, and hunts for shells. But she's most in her element when the sun goes down and the stars blink to life. Will the fog this year foil her plans, or will her grandfather find a way to shine a spotlight on the vast puzzle of the universe . . . until the weather turns?
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              ISBN 9781536215618
              Publisher Candlewick Press,U.S
              Interest Age 4-6 years
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              Probable Impossibilities: Musings on Beginnings and Endings
               

              Probable Impossibilities: Musings on Beginnings and Endings (Hardback)

              By Lightman, Alan

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              From the acclaimed author of Einstein's Dreams, a collection of meditative essays on the possibilities, and impossibilities, of nothingness and infinity--and how our place in the cosmos falls somewhere in between. Can space be divided into smaller and smaller units, ad infinitum?... Does space extend to larger and larger regions, on and on to infinity? Is consciousness reducible to the material brain and its neurons? What was the origin of life, and can biologists create life from scratch in the lab? Physicist and novelist Alan Lightman, whom the Washington Post has called the poet laureate of science writers, explores these questions and more--from the anatomy of a smile to the capriciousness of memory to the specialness of life in the universe to what came before the Big Bang. Probable Impossibilities is a deeply engaging consideration of what we know of the universe, of life and the mind, and of things vastly larger, and smaller, than ourselves.
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              ISBN 9781524749019
              Publisher Random House
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              Song of Two Worlds

              Song of Two Worlds (Hardback)

              By Lightman, Alan

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              Features a crumbling villa on the Mediterranean, a middle-aged Muslim man and his servant, and a tragic story shrouded in mystery.

              ISBN 9781568814636
              Released NZ 21 Sep 2009
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Inc
              Interest Age General Audience
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