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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Second , her chief purpose , as outlined in her preface , is to explore the ethical
consequences of the success of Frankenstein ' s experiment . In scientific terms ,
the creation of the Monster is a brilliant achievement ; yet Frankenstein ' s horror ...
Numerous writers have felt compelled to explore the motives that could lead
brilliant scientists , many of whom had at some stage embraced a creed of
internationalism , to collaborate in producing weapons of unprecedented mass
Thomas Pynchon was to explore these issues with more telling satire in his tour
de force Gravity ' s Rainbow ( 1973 ) ( see chapter 13 above ) by modeling his
characters on actual luminaries of the U . S . space research program . However ,
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