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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Driven to pursue an arcane intellectual goal that carries suggestions of
ideological evil , this figure has been reincarnated recently as the sinister
biologist producing new ( and hence allegedly unlawful ) species through the
quasi - magical ...
However , despite Meredith ' s concern to incorporate realistic details , Melampus
remains a symbolic rather than a realistic figure , embodying the author ' s pious
hope that the discoveries and values of science are not totally alien to those of ...
At the end of 2001 mankind itself is symbolized as a fetus ; and many of Clarke ' s
stories are shot through with the implication that man is lonely and unfulfilled ,
crying out , whether consciously or not , for guidance from a lost father figure .
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The Scientist under Scrutiny
The Scientist as Hero
The Impersonal Scientist
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