Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein by Kathryn Harkup
1818 saw the publication of one of the most influential science fiction stories of all time. Frankenstein: Or, Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley had a great influence on the types…
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1818 saw the publication of one of the most influential sciencefiction stories of all time. Frankenstein: Or, Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley had a great influence on the types of Gothic horror and sciencefiction, and her creation became part of our daily culture, from animation to halloween fashion.
Even the name "Frankenstein" has become a wild word for evil scientists and dangerous experiments. How did an uneducated teenager come up with an unusual novel like Frankenstein? Evidence is scattered throughout Georgian science and popular culture.
The years before the publication of the book have witnessed tremendous developments in our understanding of natural science, in areas such as electricity and physiology, for example. Exciting scientific events caught the imagination of the general public, while the newspapers were full of scandalous tales of killers and elites.
Make the monster explore the scientific background behind Mary Shelley's book. Is there any scientific truth behindsciencefiction? How can Victor Frankenstein create a beast? From tales of volcanic eruptions, artificial life and chemical revolutions, to experimental surgery, "monsters" and electrical experiments on human bodies, Katherine Harcop examines scientists and scientists who have influenced Chile and inspired its most famous innovations..
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