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The Infinities (2010)
John Banville
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As mathematician Adam Godley lies seemingly unconscious and dying in bed, his family and professional rival wander through his home.

The title is a reference to the computational anomalies in quantum field theory which had to be resolved through renormalization. Godley worked in this area, as well as on the many-worlds interpretation of wave-function collapse.

Interestingly, the novel adopts the style of the ancient dramas, featuring the god Hermes as a narrator, and with a special guest appearance by Zeus doing his usual bit (appearing in human guise and having fun with the ladies).

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MotifReligion,
TopicInfinity, Mathematical Physics,
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