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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Despite this pragmatic and usually unacknowledged subtext , it is clear that the
overt argument for multiple possibilities of discovery appears to absolve scientists
from specific responsibility , or even , ultimately , any responsibility , for their ...
Enrico Fermi features in the cast as the archetype of the scientist who refuses to
acknowledge any social responsibility for his research . " ' Don ' t bother me with
your conscientious scruples , ' Fermi had said . ' After all , the thing is superb ...
jointly responsible with the scientists for the social and environmental
consequences . ... nuclear power in order to create material products and a
utopian life style without working for it must share the moral responsibility for the
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