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August 9, 2013 10:08 AM Subscribe
Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia," Twenty Years Later. Novelist Brad Leithauser muses on "the finest play written in my lifetime": One sign of "Arcadia"'s greatness is how assuredly it blends its disparate chemicals, creating a compound of most peculiar properties. The play’s ingredients include sexual jealousy and poetasters and the gothic school of landscape gardening and duelling and chaos theory and botany and the perennial war between Classical and Romantic aesthetics and the maturing of mathematical prodigies.
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- More on fractal geometry in Arcadia
- Skidmore College's Arcadia study guide, including articles on thermodynamics and Lord Byron
- The American Mathematical Society's review (PDF) of Arcadia, which notes that while the play "lacks some mathematical depth," it succeeds in portraying people who "really, really care about what science and mathematics have to say."
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