A Sense of the Mysterious: Science and the Human Spirit

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The author of Einstein's Dreams presents a deeply personal and insightful collection of essays exploring the human dimensions of science, furnishing vivid portraits of seminal scientists Richard Feynman, Albert Einstein, Edward Teller, and Vera Rubin, as well as reflections on science and art, imagination and metaphor in science, and the social and spiritual implications of technology. 20,000 first printing.

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" Splendidly illuminating... Imprinted with Lightman's scientific wonderment and poetic grace."
-- "San Francisco Chronicle"
" Original. . . . Heartfelt. . . . Illuminating. . . . Lightman writes with his characteristic, unmannered leanness. His style takes something from the scientists who ' want to hear that call of certain truth, that clear note of a struck bell.' " -- "St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
" A fine introduction to the excitement and pleasures of science by a scientist who is a humanist in the noblest sense of the word." -- "Los Angeles Times"
" This slender volume mixes insightful scientific biographies with revealing autobiographical accounts and leavens them both with clearly told physics lessons for lay readers." -- "The Boston Globe"
" Wonderfully perceptive. . . . Finely chiseled essays." -- "Scientific American"

"Splendidly illuminating... Imprinted with Lightman's scientific wonderment and poetic grace."
San Francisco Chronicle
Original. . . . Heartfelt. . . . Illuminating. . . . Lightman writes with his characteristic, unmannered leanness. His style takes something from the scientists who want to hear that call of certain truth, that clear note of a struck bell. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A fine introduction to the excitement and pleasures of science by a scientist who is a humanist in the noblest sense of the word." Los Angeles Times
"This slender volume mixes insightful scientific biographies with revealing autobiographical accounts and leavens them both with clearly told physics lessons for lay readers." The Boston Globe
Wonderfully perceptive. . . . Finely chiseled essays. Scientific American"

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Alan Lightman is adjunct professor of humanities at MIT in Massachusetts.

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