Martello tower, photo by Erik Simpson

The Science of "Ithaca"


Although we find a wide variety of scientific discplines represented in "Ithaca," mathematics is mentioned most frequently, followed by other branches of the sciences: biology, chemistry, and physics. In spite of the mathematical emphasis of these disciplines, however, the episode seldom produces equations, instead using the language of the disciplines to cultivate loosely the effects of scientific discourse. The episode is more about scienciness than science.