Screams of Reason

Screams of Reason

Mad Science and Modern Culture

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
An entertaining and illuminating look at the figure of the mad scientist in popular culture, from nineteenth-century literature to Jurassic Park, views him as a projection of society's anxieties about modern science and technology.

Norton Pub
From the author of Hollywood Gothic and The Monster Show, the definitive book on the men in white coats who haunt our technological dreams and nightmares. From Frankenstein to Jurassic Park, the mad scientist is one of the modern world's most instantly recognizable cultural icons. Now, David Skal explores popular culture's perennial fascination with demented doctors, crazed clinicians, and technologically obsessed fiends. A prototype outsider, shunted off to the sidelines of serious discourse--to B-movies, pulp novels, and comic books--the mad scientist, the author argues, serves as a necessary lightning rod for otherwise unbearable anxieties about the consequences of modern science and technology. Employing a witty, highly readable style, Skal lovingly chronicles the mad scientist's quest for world domination, from nineteenth-century literature to the snap-crackle-scream apotheosis of 1930s Hollywood to the mad-science mystique that colors the cult of the computer, UFO abduction folklore, and the demonization of contemporary medicine.

& Taylor

Traces the history of the mad scientist character in novels, films, and popular culture, and describes how this figure reflects anxieties about scientific and technological change

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393045826
Branch Call Number: 791.4361 SKA
Characteristics: 368 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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