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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The third and essentially new component in the eighteenth - century criticism of
scientists was the fear that science might indeed succeed in deriving a self -
sufficient , purely mechanistic system , with no moral dimension and no need of
His own moral imperative may even drive him to subvert government authorities ,
thereby risking the label of traitor . ... It became even more pertinent as the
paranoia generated by the cold war continued to provide a similar moral
quandary for ...
rant , suggests a more pessimistic implication , namely , that there is little hope for
the physical scientist , even the theoretical mathematician , to preserve his moral
integrity while pursuing a career in his discipline . Although these characters ...
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