In terminology, literature, from the Latin litteratura ‘writing’, refers to writings in prose or verse; especially those having excellence of form or expression and expressing ideas of permanent or universal interest. [1]

Physical science infused literature
American science and literature scholar Lance Schachterle summarizes the basic catch of physical science based novelists as follows: [2]

“Writers as diverse as Fowles, Barth, Updike, Vonnegut, Pynchon, Robins, DeLillo, Coover, Nabokov, Lem and Sikenick employ concepts or metaphors from the physical sciences in their work. The first seven of these novelists are examined in Robert Nadeau’s Readings From the New Book on Nature: Physics and Metaphysics in the Modern Novel (1981). More recently, David Porush has examined some of the same figures in his The Soft Machine: Cybernetic Fiction (1985).”

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See also
Literature chemistry
Literature thermodynamics
Literary realism

1. Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, 2000.
2. Schachterle, Lance. (1990). “Introduction: the Metaphorical Allure of Modern Physics”, in: Beyond the Two Cultures: Essays on Science, Technology, and Literature (editors: Joseph Slade and Judith Lee) (pgs. 177-84). Iowa State University Press.

External links
Literature – Wikipedia.

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