Review: Galileo’s Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson

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Having read mostly flash fiction the past few months, this interesting book started very slowly with the first ten pages or so about Galileo and his telescope.

I particularly enjoyed chapter nine which started with a quote from St. Augustine regarding time, and chapter eleven. In these chapters Galileo learns of the future development of mathematics and physics and the reality of time. This truly is a dream, to know what will be discovered in the future, and I thought Robinson handled it very well.

The question of infinite present is always thought provoking, although I cannot agree with a minimum length of a present moment. Galileo is taught that minim is Planck’s interval of 1043 of a second.

Interesting coincidence in that I have been working on a piece that deals with present moments relative to past and future, then read a flash fiction piece online in Daily Science Fiction, Addendum to the Confessions of St Augustine of Hippo, by Edoardo Alber, also dealing with the nature of time and time travel with St. Augustine as the main character, and most recently this much more developed tale using Galileo.

I take my hat off to the author. Historical fiction requires such precision. To combine it with ten-dimensional manifolds, quantum entanglement, time travel, and the physical properties of the Galilean moons, and weave it all into an entertaining, coherent story, is truly masterful.


~ by jmforceton on November 14, 2010.

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