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Science on stage : from Doctor Faustus to Copenhagen

Author: Kirsten Shepherd-Barr
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2006.
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"Science on Stage is the first full-length study of the phenomenon of "science plays"--Theatrical events that weave scientific content into the plot lines of the drama. The book investigates the tradition of science on the stage from the Renaissance to the present, focusing in particular on the current wave of science playwriting. Drawing on extensive interviews with playwrights and directors, Kirsten Shepherd-Barr  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kirsten Shepherd-Barr
ISBN: 9780691121505 0691121508 0691155445 9780691155449
OCLC Number: 61704743
Description: viii, 271 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The tradition of science plays --
Why theatre? : the appeal of science plays now --
"Living newspapers" and other plays about physics and physicists --
Copenhagen interpretations : the epistemology of intention --
Evolution in performance : the natural sciences on stage --
Mathematics and thermodynamics in the theatre --
Doctors' dilemmas : medicine under the scalpel --
"Just a fiction" : staging history and truth --
Alternating currents : new trends in theatre and science --
Appendix: Four centuries of science plays : an annotated list.
Responsibility: Kirsten Shepherd-Barr.
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