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  1. Einstein’s Dreams Francesca Riggione Andy Blye Paige Krieger Sarah Armstrong

  2. 17 June 1905 • “Time is discontinuous” (108) • “The baker’s mouth halts mid-sentence. The child floats in mid-stride, the ball hangs in the air… A microsecond later, the world starts again.” (108) • “Segments of time fit together almost perfectly, but not quite perfectly” (109)

  3. 17 June 1905 • Time jumps from vacuum to vacuum • Small, barely noticeable sections of time are removed or altered • Tiny disruption within fractions of time change thoughts, actions • The couple under the lamppost is ruined by these miniscule alterations

  4. 17 June 1905 • Time in constantly interrupted like Benjy • Flow of present time is stopped periodically • Memories for Benjy bring back emotions and change how he acts in the present

  5. Question Does this universe have any positives?

  6. 18 June 1905 • Time is worshipped. • “Watches and clocks are forbidden, except for the Great Clock in the Temple of Time”(117). • The Great Clock is located in Rome and is the location where various pilgrims meet to gather for an hour and chant the time on the hour as it passes. • They are sacrificing their time, as each time they chant they are subtracting a minute from their life.

  7. 18 June 1905 • “Long before the Great Clock, time was measured by changes in heavenly bodies” (117) • The visibility of the stars and the moon determined the exact time it was outside. • The invention of clocks was introduced in a small town in Italy. • At first many were excited, then they were upset because it put a limitation on their freedom that was given to them by the previous measurement of time.

  8. 18 June 1905 • The invention of the clock was unavoidable. • Many worshipped the clock. • “Each man and women must journey to the Temple of Time” (119). • Time should not be measured because it puts limitations and constrains freedom.

  9. Connection to The Sound And The Fury • Connects to Quentin • Quentin worried about time constantly, as the Pilgrims in this section are. • Constantly is thinking about the time and treats it as the center of his daily actions

  10. Question • Do you think people in today’s society “worship” time?

  11. 15 June 1905 • Time is a visible dimension • “And just as one may choose whether to stay in one place or run to another, so one may choose his motion along the axis of time” (103). • Some people fear traveling far from their comfort zone

  12. 15 June 1905 • Young man and his mentor sit in a small library, discussing the young man’s doctoral work • While the mentor speaks, the young man gazes out the window and ponders about the future • The young man shudders at the cold and uncertainty • “Much better to stop movement in time” (104).

  13. Connections to Sound and Fury • The young man resembles Quentin • They both fear the future as well as uncertainty • Quentin attempts to stop movement in time by breaking the watch

  14. 15 June 1905 • “Others gallop recklessly into the future, without preparation for the rapid sequence of passing events” (104). • Young woman lies in her bed and hears the sound of her parents fighting • She stares at a photograph of herself as a child and “out into time”(105). • She rushes out of her house and rushes straight to the future

  15. 15 June 1905 • “She rushes past one year ahead, five years, ten years, twenty years, finally puts on the breaks. But she is moving so fast that she cannot slow down until she is fifty years old.” (105). • The events of her life raced by her vision and she had no recollection of them • “She lies on her bed, tries to remember her life” (106).

  16. Connections to Sound and Fury • Connects to Caddy and Miss Quentin • Both Caddy and Miss Quentin were anxious to grow up fast and rush through time

  17. Question: If you had the ability to "stop movement in time" would you do so? Why or why not?

  18. 20 June 1905 • Time is a local phenomenon • “Two clocks close together tick at nearly the same rate. But clocks separated by distance tick at different rates…”(120). • The greater the distance between two places, the greater the change in time.

  19. 20 June 1905 • “Each city is an island” (121). • Each individual city has a time pace of their own and moves on its own specific time zone. • While time occurs in all places, what happens during the time differs in various locations.

  20. 20 June 1905 • “traveler’s body adjusts to the local movement of the time” (121). • After being in a place for so long, a person’s body time adjusts to the time zone they are in.

  21. June 20 1985 • “Only when the traveler communicates with the city of departure he has entered does he realize he has entered a new domain of time”(122). • Without communication people have no way of knowing the differences between time zones.

  22. 20 June 1985 • A man leaves his home, and he realizes he doesn’t know whether a lot has changed or whether everything remains the same and little time has gone by. • “No traveler goes back to his city of origin”(122). • One a traveler leaves home and experiences different places he can never go back to the isolation of not knowing anything but his original time zone.

  23. 20 June 1985 • There are two types of people who deal with adventure. • The first type of person delight in their isolation, they feel their city of origin is the best and there is no reason to experience a different place and time zone. • The second type of person wants contact with other places. They are curious about other places and the lives other people live. Eventually the curious people will become travelers themselves as their curiosity turns into action.

  24. 20 June 1985 • “the world of isolation, yields a rich variety of life”(123). • Because there are differences in each city, it allows for life to develop in thousands of different ways. • Each city does things differently, whether the cities are far apart or close together, they are still not the same and the lives of the people in different cities do not overlap or intertwine.

  25. Connections to Sound and the Fury • The type of person that feels that their home town is the all that they need connects to Benjy. Benjy does not like change or exploring new things or place, Benjy is content with the life he is in, just as the person who prefers isolation. • The second type of person relates to Caddy, wanting to experience life at its fullest, and learn of new and interesting things. Caddy is not afraid to go to a new place and deal with change.

  26. Question • Do you think it is better that each city is in their own time zone, or would it be more efficient for the world to be run on one time zone, if possible?

  27. Interlude • Takes place with Besso and Einstein fishing in the Aare • Einstein says he goes there “in order to think” (114) • Shows that Einstein spends all his energy in thought and has not developed socially even with his best friend