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 had argued logically with his unreceptive guests , so he tries , equally
unsuccessfully , to teach the Eloi of the future world the elements of a
grammatical language . By a series of successive approximations , he evolves a
... suggesting that the problems of industrial pollution and their devastating
consequences on individual lives and on the environment will proliferate in the
technological society of the future . Trenchant as they are , these skeptical
treatments of ...
Cf . Lasswitz ' s later and more famous novel , Auf zwei Planeten ( Two planets ) (
1897 ) , in which the scientists ' reactions to the Martians vary from suspicion to
interest , but Lasswitz clearly suggests that any hope for the future of mankind ...
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