Einstein's Dreams Setting & Symbolism

Alan Lightman
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Berne, Switzerland

Berne is the setting of most of Einstein's dreams about time, and it is the city where he lives while he works as a patent clerk in 1905. The Aare River runs through the city, and the Alps can be seen in the distance. Einstein writes his theory of time in Berne.

The Patent Office

Albert Einstein works in a patent office as a clerk. He comes in early to work on his theories, and one of his coworkers types his scientific articles for him.

The Aare River

The Aare River runs through Berne, Switzerland where Einstein is a patent clerk.

Marktgasse

Marktgasse is the market street in Berne, Switzerland where Einstein is a patent clerk, and this town is the setting of most of Einstein's dreams.

Nydegg Bridge

The bridge over the Aare River in Berne is a meeting place and a prominent local feature in...

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