Alan Lightman is a physicist, novelist, and essayist. He was educated at Princeton University and at the California Institute of Technology, where he received a PhD in theoretical physics. Lightman is the author of five novels, including the international bestseller Einstein’s Dreams
, two collections of essays, a book-length narrative poem, and several books on science. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic
, The New Yorker
, and The New York Review of Books
, 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. He is currently Professor of the Practice of the Humanities at MIT, and lives in the Boston area.