How advanced/complex was the science and math in Gravity's Rainbow really? Was it more of a cursory use of the "whoa thience and math omg so smart" aesthetic, or did Pynchon demonstrate a deep understanding of the STEM topics he digressed into?
Neither, it was an accessible representation of the various characters' worlds. It has nothing to do with the sciences themselves anymore than the military characters represent an accurate look at life in the military. Signifiers.
Pokler is a rocket man, here are some of the problems her faces.
How about you try reading the fucking book before talking about it. There is no "whoa thience and math" aesthetic in Gravity's Rainbow. Any and all STEM subjects addressed in the book were directly relevant to the narrative and themes, and of course all of the science and math referenced in the book was 100% correct; Pynchon studied engineering at an Ivy league school and actively employed this knowledge everyday while working at Boeing.
Homework for OP:
- Google the word "aesthetic" and learn how to properly use it in a sentence
- purchase a copy of Gravity's Rainbow or check it out from the library
- stop posting on /lit/ about books you haven't read and have no ability to discuss
Many details come from a certain rocket design manual, so they're moderately advanced engineering. Rest of the science is used symbolically. Insofar as "getting it right" makes sense he gets it right obviously. The math proper is limited to a couple jokes.
Not very advanced, although I'm only half way through the book right now. There's a lot of science references peppered throughout though anyone with the minimum college background in the sciences will understand these (2 semesters ea of calc, physics, bio, chem).