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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There is considerable irony in the fact that Lydgate , who hopes to extend Bichat '
s work on tissues and eventually to discover the common basis of all living
structures , should endeavor to dissociate himself from society . Bichat had used
scientist Siler , who has , of course , discovered the obligatory limitless source of
power . Siler repeatedly stresses that social reforms can emanate only from the
wisdom and ability of the noble scientists , who , like Wells ' s Samurai , constitute
At first Prokop cares only about the excitement of discovery , refusing to think
about the social consequences of his work ... Physics merges into metaphysics
when it is discovered that once the matter is destroyed , the Absolute remains
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The Scientist under Scrutiny
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