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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The success of Verne and others in making scientific ruthlessness acceptable in
a dangerous situation , defusing it by an ... It impeded a critical appraisal of the
potential danger to society of arrogance and rampant individualism , both of
Bluthgeld is finally removed from the action by an equally mad technologist ,
Hoppy , but such a character , endowed ( as a result of mutation caused by
radioactive fallout ) with increased psychic powers , proves no less dangerous
... that had resulted from their work , set forth on a crusade to educate the public
about the dangers of unchecked research . ... seemed either naive or , in the face
of growing fears about the spread of communism , irresponsible and dangerous .
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