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 former atomic physicist Brian Easlea has explored this hypothesis in detail ,
both generally in relation to the perceived reification of nature and more
specifically in relation to the cult of nuclear weapons research as a masculine
research , while Dürrenmatt ' s play The Physicists ( 1962 ) , on the other hand ,
poses the question how a brilliant physicist can avoid having his ideas misused .
In other treatments the focus is satirical , as in Vonnegut ' s Felix Hoenikker , the ...
A more provocative situation is explored in Ruth Chatterton ' s complex novel The
Betrayers ( 1953 ) , in which a nuclear physicist is charged with having
communist sympathies . Although he is successfully defended by a woman
lawyer who is ...
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