‘Probable Impossibilities’ Review: An Infinitely Curious Mind

Alan Lightman came to prominence in the 1990s with Einstein’s Dreams, a novel that drew on his expertise as a theoretical physicist and showed his gift for elegant prose. Since then, he has produced a steady stream of fiction and nonfiction that bridges science, philosophy and the humanities. His latest collection of essays, Probable Impossibilities: Musings on Beginnings and Endings, maintains that syncretic spirit, tackling big questions like the origin of the universe and the nature of consciousness, always in an entertaining and easily digestible way.

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