Probable Impossibilities: Musings on Beginnings and Endings

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From the acclaimed author of Einstein's Dreams, a collection of meditative essays on the possibilities--and impossibilities--of nothingness and infinity, and how our place in the cosmos falls somewhere in between

Can space be divided into smaller and smaller units, ad infinitum? Does space extend to larger and larger regions, on and on to infinity? Is consciousness reducible to the material brain and its neurons? What was the origin of life, and can biologists create life from scratch in the lab?

Physicist and novelist Alan Lightman, whom The Washington Post has called "the poet laureate of science writers," explores these questions and more--from the anatomy of a smile to the capriciousness of memory to the specialness of life in the universe to what came before the Big Bang.

Probable Impossibilities is a deeply engaged consideration of what we know of the universe, of life and the mind, and of things vastly larger and smaller than ourselves.

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  • Ryan Boissonneault

    “Man is equally incapable of seeing the Nothing from which he was made, and the infinite in which he is swallowed up.” So wrote Blaise Pascal, the 17th-century French mathematician, physicist, inv...

  • Susan Tunis

    Dr. Lightman is that rarest of all creatures--a true artist and a true scientist. And he puts both sides of his nature to excellent use with his latest collection of essays. First, he writes beautiful...

  • Egg

    This is a really well written book and I liked it a lot. It does a great job at explaining intriguing and complex scientific concepts, like the Big Bang inflation theory or the synthetic creation of c...

  • Larry

    It is a short book and I began reading on 3/27. This is one of those rare books that I purchased without reading it from the library, or indeed even thumbing through it. So far I am not disappointed.I...

  • Jessica

    I love Alan Lightman's ability to merge both awe and wonder and science and logic. He has a wonderful ability to explain complex scientific theories and processes but along the way weaves in philosoph...

  • Edrin

    Very well written. A mix of philosophy and science, touching upon many of the big questions. Would recommend. Subtracting one star due to certain topics not explored as thoroughly as I expected, espec...

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  • Lawanda

    Did not finish audiobook. This is a book I need to read in hard copy, pen in hand ...

  • Miguel

    Looking at the very large and the very small through a theoretical physics lens in a way that is approachable to the general public. Quite short, but it read like a very enjoyable long essay. ...