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Song of Two Worlds by Alan Lightman

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Song of Two Worlds by Alan Lightman

Song of Two Worlds
by Alan Lightman
Illustrations by Derek Domnic D’souza

From the author of the international bestseller Einstein’s Dreams comes a profound and visually stunning scientific and philosophical adventure.

After decades of living “hung like a dried fly,” emptied and haunted by his past, the narrator, a man who has lost his faith in all things following a mysterious personal tragedy, awakens one morning revitalized and begins a Dante-like journey to find something to believe in, first turning to the world of science and then to the world of philosophy, religion, and human life. As his personal story is slowly revealed, little by little, we confront the great questions of the cosmos and of the human heart, some questions with answers and others without. An exciting new illustrated edition of Alan Lightman’s unique narrative poem.


“A vivid and moving book-length narrative poem that places the reader inside of a universe of wonder; of interest to poetry readers and beyond.” —Library Journal

“This slim volume of narrative verse by the author of the bestselling book Einstein’s Dreams is a bold move. The point, says arts/science polymath Alan Lightman, is to explore meaning and truth in science, but in the highly concentrated form only possible in verse. It pays off: ‘There’s no completion in mind / With its unending halls / Or electronic minds that have no belief.’” —NewScientist’s CultureLab Science News Blog


Alan Lightman, physicist, essayist, and novelist, is Professor of the Practice of the Humanities at MIT, where he was the first person to receive a joint appointment in the sciences and the humanities. Lightman’s writing has appeared in Harper’s, Salon, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and many other publications. His widely known Einstein’s Dreams was an international bestseller, and his novel The Diagnosis was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction. His recent book The Accidental Universe was chosen by Brain Pickings as one of the best ten books of the year.

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