John Banville: Doctor Copernicus

(2257 words)
  • Pietra Palazzolo (University of Essex)

Banville's scientific tetralogy (1976-1986) – Doctor Copernicus (1976), Kepler (1985), The Newton Letter (1982) and Mefisto (1986) – comes after the self-contained worlds of his first two novels, Nightspawn (1971) and Birchwood (1984). The tetralogy traces an interesting trajectory in historical and scientific development from early modernity to the present, highlighting an intriguing interplay between scientific knowledge and literature. In an article published in the New York Times in 1985, “Physics and Fiction: Order from Chaos”, Banville suggested a kinship between modern science and literature, in particular in terms of cognitive uncertainties, as propounded by H…

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Citation:
Palazzolo, Pietra. "Doctor Copernicus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 October 2002
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=5542, accessed 28 August 2015.]