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Science and Structure in Proust'sA la recherche du temps perdu$
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Nicola Luckhurst

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198160021

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160021.001.0001

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Science and Structure in Proust's

Nicola Luckhurst

Oxford University Press

In its attempts to understand the nature of scientific process and creativity, science became more porous to other disciplines and discourses. This porosity can be seen in the overlap between Proust and Poincaré, where A la recherche looks to science at key moments of justification, and as a way of describing the creative process, Science et méthode looks to aesthetics. A la recherche takes from science both the strength and the fragility of the law, the authority and the neediness of the subject. It is also a part of the large system of correspondences, of a lawlike nature which is sensually and intellectually accessible.

Keywords:   Poincaré, Proust, A la recherche, scientific method, new physics

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