Martello tower, photo by Erik Simpson

The Science of "Ithaca"


Few readers will have the time or the patience to evaluate the accuracy of the episode's many scientific claims, so we have begun to do so here. Our classifications are somewhat arbitrary, but the exercise of evaluating each claim—some of which are glossed in reference sources, some not—enables us to see how Joyce plays with accuracy and reliability in "Ithaca." The chart above captures that play in a broad stroke, and our catalog contains much more detail.