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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Thus , from the beginning , practical alchemy was closely associated with the "
production " of gold , and it was doubtless this that ensured both its popularity
and its prolonged survival . During the eighth century , alchemy in the sense of ...
This was not an attribute associated with the early representatives of science —
the alchemists , the Faustus stereotype , or the Restoration virtuosi . On the
contrary , these precursors of the modern scientist were depicted as passionate ...
The Edison myth passed through several phases , from the wizard image (
arising out of his invention and exploitation of the phonograph ) , through the “
innocence and power " stage , associated with the experiments with electricity , to
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