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Brian Greene's 'The Elegant Universe'

[Quantum mechanics] describes nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense.And it fully agrees with experiment.So I hope you can accept nature as She is—absurd. ~Richard Feynman (quoted in Brian Greene, The Elegant Universe)

When studying literature and science, it’s not always clear what exactly we’re talking about.Are we discussing scientific topics in fictional narratives, or the way that narrativization can help us understand science… or both?Or are we discussing something less unidirectional?Do science and literature share isomorphic patterns of behavior and organization?Do they intersect with one another, culturally and socially speaking?Might they even illuminate various qualities of the other, offering insightful ways to understand their parallel developments?Personally speaking, I don’t think that “literature and science” means any one methodology or approach, but a host of perspectives on what humanities academics call cultural production—that is, modes of inscripti…

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