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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Further , the Royal Society ' s emphasis on mechanical rather than theoretical
science , in accordance with Bacon ' s insistence that research should be socially
useful , appeared to the urbane Restoration wits a continuation of the unlovely ...
Representations of the Scientist in Western Literature Roslynn D. Haynes,
Roslynn Haynes. scientists were trying to dispose of God , leaving only a
mechanical creation . In a climate of atheist - hunting , this made the scientists a
ready target .
1 This latter thesis had increased in complexity from the mathematical and
mechanical explanations of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to include
the biological evidence marshaled by Charles Darwin in The Descent of Man (
1871 ) ...
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