From Faust to Strangelove: Representations of the Scientist in Western Literature
They were mad, of course. Or evil. Or godless, amoral, arrogant, impersonal, and inhuman. At best, they were well-intentioned but blind to the dangers of forces they barely controlled. They were Faust and Frankenstein, Jekyll and Moreau, Caligari and Strangelove--the scientists of film and fiction, cultural archetypes that reflected ancient fears of tampering with the unknown or unleashing the little-understood powers of nature.
In From Faust to Strangelove Roslyn Haynes offers the first detailed and comprehensive study of the image of the scientist in Western literature and film--from medieval images of alchemists to present-day depictions of cyberpunks and genetic engineers.
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diately apparent how completely Bacon recast the scientist as an idealized figure
that has been rivaled in only a handful of utopian proposals and that has
continued to exert influence over modern science . It is therefore somewhat ironic
Scientists endeavor to explain observed phenomena in terms of universal laws ,
which presuppose regularity of occurrence and an order underlying the apparent
diversity . Swithin is attempting to do for the universe beyond the solar system ...
during the 1930s , before it was apparent that another major war was looming ,
the dangers from which scientist - saviors were required to save the earth were
often extraterrestrial in origin , either physical disasters or evil aliens . One of the
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