Week of Nov. 28, 2007 | Alan Lightman

This week I have a holiday treat for you. My guest is Alan Lightman. We discuss his new novel GHOST, published by Pantheon Books.

I first discovered Mr. Lightman’s work in the fall of 1993. I was experiencing a low point in my life and I did what I always do to try to change my mood; I went to a bookstore, where I saw a book titled EINSTEIN’S DREAMS.

I opened the book and read the first few pages; instantly pulled into the world of Albert Einstein in 2005. EINSTEIN’S DREAMS is one of my favorite books and one that I frequently give as a gift to friends. I believe it is a work of genius, not something that I say lightly.

I have followed Mr. Lightman’s career with great interest; he writes both fiction and essays on science with grace and intelligence.

His novel THE DIAGNOSIS was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2000. When I learned that he had a new novel being published I immediately called his publicist and asked for a copy of the book. I read his new novel, GHOST, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

David Kurtzwell, the story’s protagonist, ‘sees something’ while working at a mortuary. The story explores the conflict between the world of spirituality and the world of science. Mr. Lightman has written a complex novel that deserves to be read. It is a fascinating look at the world we live in.

We also discuss EINSTEIN’S DREAMS and the way the book took shape in his mind. Mr. Lightman offers his theory of why Albert Einstein continues to be an iconic figure in today’s world. It was both an honor and a pleasure to interview him. If you have not read Alan Lightman you’re in for a treat.


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