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Einstein’s Dreams

Einstein’s Dreams

One of the great things about grad school is that you’re given the opportunity to step back and explore the bigger things that influence our experiences and interactions in the world. In my Interface/Interaction Design class, we’re creating interfaces/devices for timekeeping. We’re in the early stages, so I’ve been thinking a lot about different aspects of time, looking around for inspiration and such. A favorite book of mine that’s been a great source is Einstein’s Dreams. If you haven’t read it, you must – it’s short, poetic, and sticks around in your mind for days.

What else might inspire some reflection on how we perceive time?

7 responses to “Einstein’s Dreams”

  1. Chad

    I just found this, and it’s too funny and relevant to not mention: timeporn.

  2. Mel

    There are two artists I know of who work with the theme or idea of time: Andy Goldsworthy and Darren Almond. Goldsworthy is the most explicit of the two and has even published a book of photographs titled “Time”.

  3. Tom Brzezina

    Daniel Boorstin’s book, The Discoverers, devotes its first nine chapters to the human/time relationship and the various technologies devised to represent (and harness) that relationship. If you haven’t read it, it’s worth a look.

  4. Joshua Kaufman

    I read this book a few years ago and was equally inspired, but unfortunately lost it. I just bought a used copy from Amazon and can’t wait to read it again. Thanks for reminding me about this wonderful book, Chad.

  5. Brad Lauster

    Let me just second Tom’s suggestion. “The Discoverers” is really fascinating.

    It’s been a while since I read it, but I think you’ll really enjoy the discussions about elegant calendar designs (and how we got stuck with our absurd 12 month monstrosity).

  6. sean@cheesebikini.com

    To me, by -far- the most inspiring efforts regarding time are being carried out by The Long Now Foundation (http://www.longnow.org) in San Francisco. Their goal is to foster thinking and creativity within a 10,000-year perspective.

    Their keystone project is Danny Hillis’ Milennium Clock, designed to tick once a year. If all goes as planned, the century hand will advance once every 100 years and the cuckoo will come out every millenium for the next 10,000 years.

  7. Kevin Fox

    ‘Faster’ by Glick might also be useful. there’s a lot of interesting stuff in there, all about the nature of time and how we perceive it. Quite the page-turner.

    I might have it with me. I’ll check when I get back in town tonight.