Honors Theses


Andrew Murray


Mechanical Engineering

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Honors Thesis


This thesis presents the modeling of spaces described in short stories that are difficult to visualize. The three stories are Kafka's “The Burrow,” Borges’s “The Library of Babel” and Barthelme's “The Balloon.” Three-dimensional models were created based on the details provided by the authors in each story. Several 2-D images are then generated from these models to match specific scenes. This consideration of these works of fiction provokes the asking of several questions about the science, mathematics and engineering that underpins the stories. In all cases, questions about sustainability arise.

This manuscript is divided into three parts to correspond to each story. Each part includes the following: a story background, a literary/historical analysis of the story, the modeling process, model images, and then questions about the science, mathematics and engineering that arise from the fiction.

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Undergraduate research