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Community News & Views | New book nominated for national award

A new book by a University of Chichester academic which examines links between the pivotal works of renowned 20th century authors and scientists has been nominated for a national award.


Dr Rachel Crossland was shortlisted by the British Society for Literature and Science for its annual prize for her debut monograph Modernist Physics: Waves, Particles, and Relativities in the Writings of Virginia Woolf and D. H. Lawrence.


The book, published by Oxford University Press, focuses on scientific ideas related to relativity, complementary and Brownian motion, and examines the ways in which similar ideas appeared in the works of Woolf and Lawrence both before and after their exposure to Einsteinian physics.


Dr Crossland, a senior lecturer in English, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Modernist Physics has been recognised in this way by a society that has been so important to me since my time as a PhD student.


“This book began as my PhD thesis, but was only completed once I joined the University of Chichester.


“I am very grateful to the university for supporting my research, in particular in the form of a researcher development award from 2015 to 2017.


“It gives me great pleasure to be able to share and discuss these ideas with my undergraduate and postgraduate students.”


Dr Crossland will be competing against four others for the society’s annual prize, which celebrates the best work in literature and science of the last year, with the winner announced in early April.


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