Alan Lightman

Alan Lightman

ALAN LIGHTMAN—who worked for many years as a theoretical physicist—is the author of six novels, including the international bestseller Einstein’s Dreams, as well as The Diagnosis, a finalist for the National Book Award. He is also the author of a memoir, three collections of essays, and several books on science. His work has appeared in The AtlanticGrantaHarper’s MagazineThe New YorkerThe New York Review of BooksSalonNature, and Nautilus, among other publications. He has taught at Harvard and at MIT, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities. In 2003, Lightman founded the Harpswell Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower a new generation of women leaders in Cambodia and Southeast Asia. He lives in the Boston area.

(Author photo © Michael Lionstar)

He is the author of: Three Flames