Lightman, Alan P.

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LIGHTMAN, Alan P. American, b. 1948. Genres: Novels, Sciences. Career: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, postdoctoral fellow in astrophysics, 1974-76; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, assistant professor of astronomy, 1976-79, lecturer in astronomy and physics, 1979-89; Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, staff astrophysicist, 1979-89; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, John E. Burchard Professor of science and writing and senior lecturer in physics, 1989-2001, adjunct professor of humanities, 2001-; writer. American Academy of Arts and Sciences, fellow, 1996. Publications: Problem Book in Relativity and Gravitation (textbook), 1975; Radioactive Processes in Astrophysics (textbook), 1979; Time Travel and Papa Joe's Pipe: Essays on the Human Side of Science, 1984; A Modern Day Yankee in a Connecticut Court, and Other Essays on Science, 1986; (with R. Brawer) Origins: The Lives and Worlds of Modern Cosmologists, 1990; Ancient Light: Our Changing View of the Universe, 1991; Time for the Stars: Astronomy in the 1990s, 1992; Great Ideas in Physics, 1992; Einstein's Dreams, 1993; Good Benito, 1995; Dance for Two, 1996; The Diagnosis, 2000; Reunion, 2003. Contributor to periodicals. Address: Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, U.S.A.