Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine

Contemporary Physics Plays

Making Time to Know Responsibility

Authors: Halpin, Jenni G.

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  • Represents an original contribution to the study of science plays
  • ​Presents context for readers unfamiliar with principles of modern physics
  • Participates in interdisciplinary efforts to think together the sciences and the humanities
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This book analyzes recent physics plays, arguing that their enaction of concepts from the sciences they discuss alters the nature of the decisions made by the characters, changing the ethical judgements that might be cast on them. Recent physics plays regularly alter the shape of space-time itself, drawing together disparate moments, reversing the flow of time, creating apparent contradictions, and iterating scenes for multiple branches of counterfactual history. With these changes both causality and responsibility shift, variously. The roles of iconic scientists, such as Albert Einstein and Werner Heisenberg, are interrogated for their dramatic value, placing history and dramatic license in tension. Cold War strategies and the limits of espionage highlight the emphatically personal involvement of ordinary individuals. This study is vital reading for those interested in physics plays and the relationship between the sciences and the humanities.

About the authors

Jenni G. Halpin is Associate Professor of English Literature at Savannah State University, USA.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Introduction: Ethics and Physics in Contemporary Plays

    Halpin, Jenni G.

    Pages 1-18

  • Playing Nuclear War: Learning Postmodern War from Modern Physics

    Halpin, Jenni G.

    Pages 19-38

  • Relativistic Intertextuality: Einstein as a Figure

    Halpin, Jenni G.

    Pages 39-60

  • What You Don’t Know Is Going to Hurt Like Hell: Knowledge, Power, and the Faustian Bargain

    Halpin, Jenni G.

    Pages 61-91

  • Torn Palimpsest and Recycled Time: Copenhagen and Conclusion

    Halpin, Jenni G.

    Pages 93-123

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contemporary Physics Plays
Book Subtitle
Making Time to Know Responsibility
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-75148-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-75148-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-75147-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09158-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 128
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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