All Stories by Alan Lightman - The Atlantic.
Alan Lightman emerged as our choice not only because we are fascinated with the ideas in his fiction and his essays but also because we are intrigued by him, by the creative tension between the scientific and the artistic which he embodies and by the unique path of his life.
Alan Lightman on the Longing for Absolutes in a Relative World and What Gives Lasting Meaning to Our Lives “We are idealists and we are realists. We are dreamers and we are builders. We are experiencers and we are experimenters. We long for certainties, yet we ourselves are full of the ambiguities of the Mona Lisa and the I Ching.
Alan Lightman is a writer and physicist who teaches at MIT. His latest books are Three Flames, and Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine.
Michael Shermer reviews Prof. Alan Lightman’s new book on science and spirituality, “Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine,” for The New York Times. Shermer calls the book an “elegant and moving paean to our spiritual quest for meaning in an age of science,” adding that it, “reminds us of the centrality of subjectivity in all human endeavors.”.
Progress of Technology essaysPersonal computers were officially introduced just around 15 years ago and already changed our lives dramatically. People that were born around that time rely on computers a lot more than older generations. We use computers for just about everything like instant messagin.
A lan Lightman was waiting for me by a post office in small-town Maine. “I’m not going to be able to say anything interesting enough,” he told me after shaking my hand, “to justify your coming down here.” Which was both entirely untrue, and par for the course for Lightman: Impeccably modest, friendly, and hospitable, he drove our cameraman and myself to a local deli before boating us.