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An Index to Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day

Two. Iceland Spar

Chapter 11

Section 3 (126-129)

Paul Nightingale reading Section 11.3

The Étienne-Louis Malus was named for the Napoleonic army engineer and physicist who, late in 1808, looking though a piece of Iceland Spar at the sunset reflected from a window of the Luxembourg Palace, discovered polarized light.

Against the Day, p. 126