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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... to force nature into a rigorous mathematical framework of their own devising .
Newton ' s entire treatment of space and time would have been abhorrent to Swift
, who accepted no absolutes in human affairs and regarded the formulation ...
34 But he regarded science as an essentially lonely and anti - social pursuit in
contrast to the universal experience of poetry . " The Man of Science seeks truth
as a remote and unknown benefactor ; he cherishes and loves it in his solitude :
In all these high - technology utopias nature is regarded much as Bacon had
regarded it , as an endless source of material and energy for exploitation . As this
assumption has come to be questioned and the disastrous results of such
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