Einstein's Dreams - 18 June 1905 through Epilogue Summary & Analysis

Alan Lightman
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18 June 1905 through Epilogue Summary

On June 18, Einstein dreams of a temple called the Temple of Time in Rome. Thousands of people wait outside the temple. They have journeyed there from all over the world and wait to see the Great Clock. The Great Clock, within the Temple of Time, is the only clock in the world. Twelve pilgrims stand around the Great Clock, marking off the hours. They chant in unison with the clock, as it counts out the minutes of their lives. Each hour, twelve new pilgrims take their place.

At first, time is measured by nature, the passing of days and seasons as well as the changing rhythms of the human body. Then a man in Italy invents the clock, bringing awe and horror to the people. The clock measures out human life in quantifiable minutes. The people get the man to build the Great...

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