Review of Einstein’s Dreams
Time is a pretty abstract concept. It is not a visible thing but is rather a concept that exists and reflected through different events. Time exists in history and can be presented or shown in the format of a time calculator (a clock, a watch, etc..).
In part four of Einstein’s Dreams, Lightman writes five different dreams in which time is defined differently. In dream “18 June 1905”, there is one and only clock on the Temple of Time which represents time. In this dream, time exists in nature and the behavior/attempt of trying to mechanically represent time is to produce limitation to people’s movement(like the pilgrims). In another one, time is a local phenomenon, for that different places have different time In these dreams, time is also the memories of different people.
It is interesting that even if it seems that “time” is depicted really differently in these dreams, they all make sense to each other. time is a vague thing if you think about it but it can also be precisely measured. It produces history, memory, and culture. It frees people yet limits people when they start to pay attention to its existence. Isn’t that one of the best illusions?