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A Final Story: Science, Myth, and Beginnings

Nasser Zakariya


A Final Story charts the formation and contestation of scientific universal histories from the nineteenth century to the present. It traces the emergence of the so-called “scientific epic,” a story of “cosmic evolution” or a “new cosmic myth.” The scientific epic is examined as a modern frame for synthesizing different branches of scientific knowledge according to a narrative, historical structure. The narrative is itself an instance of a “genre of synthesis,” a mode of unification appealing to representations such as specific images, rhetorical figures, and other discursive devices to structu ... More

Keywords: universal history, natural history, scientific epic, scientific myth, cosmic evolution, genre of synthesis, dogma of unity, final story, final theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226476124
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226500737.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nasser Zakariya, author
University of California, Berkeley