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Karen Burnham

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038419

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038419.001.0001

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Scientific Analysis

Scientific Analysis

(p.101) Chapter 4 Scientific Analysis
Greg Egan

Karen Burnham

University of Illinois Press

This chapter addresses the scientific underpinnings of several of Greg Egan's novels. It first considers the “subjective cosmology” of the universes depicted in Quarantine, Permutation City, and Distress, with their attendant quantum mechanical weirdness. Next, it tackles theories about how our own universe works as seen in the novels Diaspora, Schild's Ladder, and Incandescence. Finally, the chapter provides a rough overview of the alternate-world physics shown in the Orthogonal trilogy, with a particular focus on Clockwork Rocket and Eternal Flame, the two volumes published at the time of writing. It concludes with a section on Egan's use of scientific principles as metaphors for larger philosophical points.

Keywords:   subjective cosmology, Quarantine, Permutation City, Distress, universe, Diaspora, Schild's Ladder, Incandescence, Orthogonal trilogy, Greg Egan

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