The Physics of Possibility: Victorian Fiction, Science, and Gender Michael Tondre

ISBN: 9780813941455

Published: August 16th 2018

240 pages


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The Physics of Possibility: Victorian Fiction, Science, and Gender  by  Michael Tondre

The Physics of Possibility: Victorian Fiction, Science, and Gender by Michael Tondre
August 16th 2018 | | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 240 pages | ISBN: 9780813941455 | 5.72 Mb

The Physics of Possibility traces the sensational birth of mathematical physics in Victorian literature, science, and statistics. As scientists took up new breakthroughs in quantification, they showed how all sorts of phenomena--the condition of... MoreThe Physics of Possibility traces the sensational birth of mathematical physics in Victorian literature, science, and statistics. As scientists took up new breakthroughs in quantification, they showed how all sorts of phenomena--the condition of stars, atoms, molecules, and nerves--could be represented as a set of probabilities through time.

Michael Tondre demonstrates how these techniques transformed the British novel. Fictions of development by Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and others joined the vogue for alternative possibilities. Their novels not only reflected received pieties of maturation but plotted a wider number of deviations from the norms of reproductive adulthood.

By accentuating overlooked elements of form, Tondre reveals the novels changing identification with possible worlds through the decades when physics became a science of all things.In contrast to the observation that statistics served to invent normal populations, Tondre brings influential modes of historical thinking to the foreground. His readings reveal an acute fascination with alternative temporalities throughout the period, as novelists depicted the categories of object, action, and setting in new probabilistic forms.

Privileging fictions agency in reimagining historical realities, never simply sanctioning them, Tondre revises our understanding of the novel and its ties to the ascendant Victorian sciences.



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