Table of Contents

List of Illustrations; Preface; Introduction: Getting to the Bottom of Things; Part One: Theoretical Encirclements; Part Two: Literary Iterations; Epilogue: Emergence, Horizons, Continuance; Bibliography; Index. This book is about intersections among science, philosophy, and literature. It bridges the gap between the traditional "cultures" of science and the humanities by constituting an area of interaction that some have called a "third culture." By asking questions about three disciplines rather than about just two, as is customary in research, this inquiry breaks new ground and resists easy categorization. It seeks to answer the following questions: What impact has the remapping of reality in scientific terms since the Copernican Revolution through thermodynamics, relativity theory, and quantum mec.