Brain Pickings Icon
Brain Pickings

Reads tagged with “Alan Lightman”

Song of Two Worlds: Alan Lightman’s Poetic Ode to Science, the Unknown, and Our Search for Meaning, Illustrated by an 18-Year-Old Boy in India
Song of Two Worlds: Alan Lightman’s Poetic Ode to Science, the Unknown, and Our Search for Meaning, Illustrated by an 18-Year-Old Boy in India

“One thousand questions, and each gives an answer, which then forms a question.”

read article

The Best Science Books of 2014
The Best Science Books of 2014

The math of soul mates, the psychology of nothing, the physics of faith, and more illuminating insights on the universe and our place in it.

read article

The Cosmic Accident of Life: Alan Lightman on Dark Energy, the Multiverse, and Why We Exist
The Cosmic Accident of Life: Alan Lightman on Dark Energy, the Multiverse, and Why We Exist

How we drew the one we have from the zillions of possible universes in the cosmic lottery hat.

read article

Physicist and Writer Alan Lightman on the Shared Psychology of Creative Breakthrough in Art and Science
Physicist and Writer Alan Lightman on the Shared Psychology of Creative Breakthrough in Art and Science

An exquisite account of those moments that feel “like a great hand has suddenly grabbed hold and flung you across the surface like a skimming stone.”

read article

Alan Lightman on Our Yearning for Immortality and Why We Long for Permanence in a Universe of Constant Change
Alan Lightman on Our Yearning for Immortality and Why We Long for Permanence in a Universe of Constant Change

A heartening perspective on mortality by way of the physics of the cosmos and the poetics of the night-blooming cereus cactus.

read article

Godliness in the Known and the Unknowable: Alan Lightman on Science and Spirituality
Godliness in the Known and the Unknowable: Alan Lightman on Science and Spirituality

“Faith is the willingness to give ourselves over, at times, to things we do not fully understand… the full engagement with this strange and shimmering world.”

read article

View Full Site

Brain Pickings participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn commissions by linking to Amazon. In more human terms, this means that whenever you buy a book on Amazon from a link on here, I get a small percentage of its price. That helps support Brain Pickings by offsetting a fraction of what it takes to maintain the site, and is very much appreciated