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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... or natural philosophers , 19 were in many ways the successors of the earlier ,
less sophisticated alchemists and , like them , included among their ranks the
whole gamut of charlatans , gullible fools , and serious seekers after knowledge .
5 He ridiculed the pretentious and absurd claims of those who , like Bacon , set
out to take all knowledge for their province : " The whole school of the
Greshamites ( the Royal Society ) are too wild in their claims ; the whole realm of
... made by Someone and transmitted , and where the intent must have taken into
account the potential addressee . . . . their whole life ' s training , the whole
acquired expertise of their respective fields , worked against that knowledge ” (
33 ) .
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