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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37 His many stories about robots and the reactions of their scientist - " minders ”
constitute a striking contrast to the view of most of the writers discussed in this
chapter about the effect of “ intelligent " machines . Asimov , himself a biochemist
In addition to typifying the hubris of their creators , robots exemplify the
substitution of mechanism for man and hence are used to imply severe limitations
in the scientists who have created them in their own image . Robotics engineers ,
it is ...
They regard robots as special kinds of computers whose creators evince all the
failings of the computer scientists in chapter 13 , with the added flaw of trying to
simulate human actions and , in the case of more sophisticated robots and
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