Time and Uncertainty


The essays in this volume all originated at the 2001 conference of the International Society for the Study of Time. The theme 'Time and Uncertainty' sounds redundant, but the contributions try to come to terms with the irreducible openness of time and the impermanence of life. The essays from various disciplines have been grouped around 'fracture and rupture' (grappling with time and uncertainty as a breach) and 'rapture and structure (solving uncertainty into pattern).


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Biographical Note

Paul Harris is Associate Professor of English at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles) and co-editor of the journal Substance. His research interests include time, literary theory and contemporary literature and science. Michael Crawford, Ph.D., Toronto, is Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Windsor.

Table of contents

Foreword Paul Harris and Michael Crawford President’s Welcoming Remarks: My ncertainties About Time - Rémy Lestienne Founder’s Lecture: Mathematics And Time - J. T. Fraser Time and Uncertainty: A Metaphorical Equation - Maria L. Assad Thoreau’s Sense of History: Uncertainty, Identity, Representation - John Dolis ”Ejected from the Present and Its Certainties” The Indeterminate Temporality of Hypertext - Jo Alyson Parker Get Real: Narrative and Uncertainty in Fiction - Sabine Gross Time: the uncertainty of frame or content - John S. Kafka Time and Uncertainty in Elizabeth Bishop’s Poems - Ann Marie Bush Francis Bacon: Retrospective Uncertainties - Claudia Clausius A Walk In Looking-Glass Land: Reflections On The Art—Historical `Big Picture’ - Nicholas Tresilian The Composer As Prophet In Time And Uncertainty - Helen Sills The Seeds of Time: Time And Uncertainty In Shakespeare - Herbert Bronstein A Time To Regender: The Transformation Of Roman Time - Melissa Barden Dowling Relationships Between Subjective Time And Information Processed (Reduction Of Uncertainty) - Ronald P. Gruber, Lawrence F. Wagner, Richard A. Block A cognitive interpretation of the notion of “uncertainty in time” within the framework of modern physics - Pierre Uzan The Uncertainty of the Future - Peter Øhrstrøm