This sober exchange between the two title characters marks the beginning of Austrian Leopold Maurer’s new graphic novel, Miller & Pynchon. The two characters are measuring the world, like the characters in another recent Germanic work, Daniel Kehlmann’s wonderful novel Measuring the World (2005, English translation 2006), a story of the mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss and the explorer Alexander von Humboldt. Through a fictionalized account of their travails in the early nineteenth century, Kehlmann’s bestseller tells the story of how during the Enlightenment scientific rationality conquered the world and changed it forever.
How to Cite: Andersen, T . (2011) “Measuring the World Anew”, Pynchon Notes. doi: 10.16995/pn.20