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Frankenstein and the birth of science

Author: Joel Levy
Publisher: London : Andre Deutsch, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, this fascinating study explores how the real science of her times influenced Mary Shelley's classic work of science fiction. Mary Shelley grew up surrounded by the era's prominent scientific thinkers, and conceived Frankenstein in a time of rapid scientific change--including debates on the reanimation of corpses and "the elixir of life." This engrossing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; Mary Shelley; Mary Shelley
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joel Levy
ISBN: 9780233005355 0233005358
OCLC Number: 1002123678
Description: 207 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Chemical revolution: getting high and losing your head --
Electric fluids and animal spirits: Galvanism, Voltaic piles, electrochemistry and the start of a new era --
The right stuff: vitalism, spontaneous generation and the meaning of "life" --
Of man and monster: Frankenstein and the science of the mind --
Anatomy of horror: dissection, murder and resurrection in the Romantic Era --
To the ends of the Earth: polar exploration and the frozen wastes --
Before and after: the painful birth and dreadful afterlife of Frankenstein and his monster.
Responsibility: Joel Levy.

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was conceived against the backdrop of rapid change in the scientific world. Frankenstein and The Birth of Science offers an engrossing insight into the world of science in  Read more...

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"A celebration of an enduring classic... [An] entertaining analysis... presents the novel as a portrayal of high-Romantic "gonzo science" and science fiction" - Nature"Levy brings the discussion up Read more...

 
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