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 American scientist , “ working hard to perfect a deadly machine , destructive
beyond all others ... To have a world at peace there must be massed in the
controlling nations such power of destruction as may not even be questioned . So
ently sane and intelligent scientists devote their lives and minds to the
development of weapons of mass destruction tantalizes as much as it repels .
Because of their potential for instigating suspense and possible disaster on a
In his characterization of the physicist who sees himself as the agent of
vengeance to destroy the destroyers , Rose presciently suggests both the
endless proliferation of weapons of mass destruction that the cold war was to
produce and the ...
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