publication . Article . 2012

Quantum Mechanics and Literature: An Analysis of El túnel by Ernesto Sábato

Carpenter, Victoria; Halpern, Paul;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2012
We examine the nature of divergent timelines in El Túnel by Ernesto Sábato, focusing on three key incidents: the viewing of a scene in the protagonist’s painting “Maternidad,” an excursion to the beach, and a letter. We explore ambiguities in these events and connections between them, commenting on the range of possible interpretations. Employing quantum mechanics as a metaphor, we show how temporal discrepancies in the order and interpretation of these pivotal occurrences can be modeled as bifurcations of reality into different wavefunctions, which collapse only upon observation. We discuss how the Copenhagen and Many Worlds Interpretations of quantum mechanics...
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