Alan Lightman
Professor of the Practice of Humanities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Alan Lightman is a novelist, essayist and physicist, and professor of the practice of humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Einstein’s Dreams (1992). His most recent books are Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine (2018) and In Praise of Wasting Time (2018). He lives in the Boston area.

Written by Alan Lightman

The last remaining house on Holland Island in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, United States. Photo by Baldeaglebluff/Flickr

Essay/
Physics
In defence of disorder

Humans love laws and seek predictability. But like our Universe, which thrives on entropy, we need disorder to flourish

Alan Lightman