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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Just as he observes the effect of the deadly poison on insects nearing the flowers
, the vampirelike Rappacini encourages suitors for his daughter in order to study
the speed with which the poison will act on them . The characterization of ...
Although we at first assume that Bluthgeld ' s belief in his ability to effect a nuclear
cataclysm through psychic powers is further evidence of his insanity , Dick
progressively undermines any distinction between “ real , " or external , events
... U . S . Livermore Laboratories , Wolf compares their situation to that of boys in
a boarding school , deprived of relationships with women or families , and asks
whether this is the cause or effect of their intense relationship with their computer
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