Just when you're berating yourself for skipping Physics for Poets in college, though, the love story kicks in. Justin falls for Mallach's brilliant daughter. And slowly it dawns on him that Mallach is manipulating both of them: "He meant to get the glorious physics out from me." Each character wants nothing more than to solve Mallach's original problem; each character is destroyed in the process.
Properties of Light seamlessly interweaves problems of physics and problems of love. So when Justin says things like, "I assumed he spoke, of course, of the subatomic situation," many of us may feel a little lost. But this, perhaps, is Goldstein's strongest suit: she leads us up close to these heady ideas but always guides us back to more manageable emotional ground. She's firmly in control of both realms, and one suspects that her science scans as well as her prose. --Claire Dederer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A fun semi-historical novel set at Princeton, with some real science and plenty of psychological suspense. Read morePublished 15 days ago by iheartbooks
This book is well written with profound knowledge of human nature and science history.
The complication of people characters is described very thoroughly.
This novel is stunning, elegant, and poetic. My favourite work by her next to Late Summer Passion of a Woman of Mind.Published on May 2, 2012 by Mina
Even though I need a dictionary to read Rebecca Goldstein's books, I thoroughly enjoy them. "Properties of Light" was bittersweet, funny, sad, educational and thought provoking. Read morePublished on June 1, 2007 by D.B.
A love novel for scientists. In a direct quote from page two which pretty much summed up my feelings about this book... "This is interesting, though not very. Read morePublished on February 2, 2003 by "thebookburner"
I have little to add to, and nothing to detract from, the reviews offering favorable acclaim for Goldstein's writing style, knowledge of physics and the poetic mingling of same in... Read morePublished on June 12, 2002 by LB Dickens
I'll admit I almost failed the ever physics course I ever took, and Goldstein sometimes lost me when she launched into the more scientific aspects of her juicy drama -- but those... Read morePublished on April 8, 2002
I was looking forward to a novel about three people,
physicists engaged in an adventure of discovery. Read more
Salley Vickers' new book is called 'The Instances of Number 3'. Rebecca Goldstein seems to subscribe to the same philosophy, as tragedy comes in threes in 'Properties of Light',... Read morePublished on September 8, 2001 by Mr. K. Mahoney