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The Science of Shakespeare

17934411Dan Falk
2014

It seemed like such a good combination — science, my fascination in retirement; and Shakespeare, the focus of my teaching for more than 30 years.

Alas, The Science of Shakespeare is a disappointment.

Most of TSofS is a competent and standard summary of the beginnings of modern science in the 17th century, despite its tendency to treat some of the tenuous ways that the emerging sciences might have influenced Shakespeare with the same attention and respect as it gives to the well-established, foundational science of the day. And what there is of Shakespeare scholarship is too often admittedly and excessively speculative, with an inevitable loss of credibility.

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