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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39 Cavor ' s physical journey to the moon is also a symbol of his readiness to
undertake adventurous mental journeys , and like Verne ' s scientists , he
displays in the cause of science an impressive unconcern about his own safety .
... U . S . Livermore Laboratories , Wolf compares their situation to that of boys in
a boarding school , deprived of relationships with women or families , and asks
whether this is the cause or effect of their intense relationship with their computer
... clinic , and the temptation to assume administrative power all dignify his cause
, but Lewis and de Kruif go further and insist that his final action of leaving his
wife and child for a life of monastic research is no less an aspect of his heroism .
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