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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In The Floating Island ( 1895 ) Verne produced a bitter satire of technological
materialism , suggesting that he had come to realize the sinister potential of the
obsession with technological power . 12 In Topsy Turvy ( 1889 ) Barbicane ,
The shed housing the dynamos that supply the electric railway at Camberwell is
a model of the technological society , its chief and most obvious attribute being
power — in both senses of the word . To it come representatives of three diverse
Technological progress is now shown as inevitable , and Wells ' s
contemporaries are counseled to accept it - out of ... and military , posed by a
technologically superior Germany in order to gain political influence and
research funding .
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The Scientist under Scrutiny
The Scientist as Hero
The Impersonal Scientist
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