Alan Lightman was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and educated at Princeton and at the California Institute of Technology, where he received a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. An active research scientist in astronomy and physics for two decades, he has also taught both subjects on the faculties of Harvard and MIT. Lightman's novels include Einstein's Dreams, which was an international best seller; Good Benito; The Diagnosis, which was a finalist for the National Book Award; and Reunion. His essays have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, Nature, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker, among other publications. He lives in Massachusetts, where he is adjunct professor of humanities at MIT. Einstein's Dreams, The Diagnosis, and Reunion are available in paperback from Vintage Books.. From the Hardcover edition.Lightman, Alan is the author of 'Sense of the Mysterious Science and the Human Spirit', published 2006 under ISBN 9781400078196 and ISBN 1400078199.