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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It was only at the urging of Edmund Halley , later Astronomer Royal , that he
consented to write down the elaborate proofs ( which he had mislaid ! ) for his
theory of planetary motion , including the infinitesimal calculus he had had to
derive for ...
The adolescent readers of pulp fiction wanted human heroes with whom they
could identify , and the lurid cover illustrations of Hugo Gernsback ' s magazine
Amazing Stories and its later rival Astounding Stories , with their depictions of
Temporarily he succumbs to the threat of torture and publicly denies what he
knows to be scientific truth ( in the play , the Copernican theory ; in Brecht ' s
contemporary terms , knowledge of the consequences of an atomic bomb ) , but
later he ...
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