“The Book of Life”
The Book of Life is piece of short fiction which follows the education, career, and eventual death of a renowed physicist named Alexander Anonymous, as told through his diary entries (and the eyes of his best friend.) The story deals with Alexander's quest for a knowledge which is forbidden to him: knowledge of his own future. His quest inspires him to create a marvelous invention, but ultimately proves too much for him to bear. In this story, I wanted to explore the boundaries between science and philosophy, between factual and mythic knowledge. Above all, however, I wanted to tell the story of a lasting and impactful friendship; one that transcends time and a probabalistic future, and which even the most complex algorithm would fail to quantify.
About the Author: Rosa McCann
My name is Rosa, and I'm a Sophomore in CC majoring and concentrating in English and French Literature respectively. Because I'm a humanities major, I was excited to take Frontiers of Science; it meant I wouldn't have to let go of science, especially physics, completely when I got to college. Because it's an introductory course, Frosci paved the way for the fulfillment of the rest of the science requirement. I also appreciated the guidance I received from my section leader, Elisa Petkova. She is an Environmental Epidemiologist, and she was a calm and instructive influence during the beginning stages of the COVID pandemic.