The Catalogue of the Universe Essay & Project Ideas

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1. Explore at least two of the Greek philosophers mentioned in the novel.

Discuss whether or not Tycho's representation of them is accurate and how their ideas are used in the story.

2. Research what Tycho and Angela mean when they discuss the "wobble" in the universe? What does this say about the factual truth of scientific discovery?

3. Names of places and characters take on variously a thematic or symbolic significance in the work. How do such names as Angela, Tycho, Africa, Centaurus Road, and Dido, for example, help reinforce the thematic aspects of the novel?

4. Mahy has set the novel in New Zealand, her native country. Explore the ways in which the novel reflects life in that locale.

5. Examine how the image of the stars and the universe assumes significance in the novel, particularly as it is concentrated in Tycho's book, The Catalogue of the Universe...

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