Making The Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

deKathryn Harkup

19 novembre 2019|
Making The Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein de Kathryn Harkup
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A thrilling and gruesome look at the science that influenced Mary Shelley''s Frankenstein.

The year 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 huge impact on gothic horror and science-fiction genres, and her creation has become part of our everyday culture, from cartoons to Halloween costumes. Even the name "Frankenstein" has become a by-word for evil scientists and dangerous experiments. How did a teenager with no formal education come up with the idea for an extraordinary novel such as Frankenstein?

Clues are dotted throughout Georgian science and popular culture. The years before the book''s publication saw huge advances in our understanding of the natural sciences, in areas such as electricity and physiology, for example. Sensational science demonstrations caught the imagination of the general public, while the newspapers were full of lurid tales of murderers and resurrectionists.

Making the Monster explores the scientific background behind Mary Shelley''s book. Is there any science fact behind the science fiction? And how might a real-life Victor Frankenstein have gone about creating his monster? From tales of volcanic eruptions, artificial life and chemical revolutions, to experimental surgery, "monsters" and electrical experiments on human cadavers, Kathryn Harkup examines the science and scientists that influenced Shelley, and inspired her most famous creation.

Kathryn Harkup is a chemist and author. She currently writes a monthly poison blog for the Guardian and gives regular public talks on the disgusting and dangerous side of science. Kathryn''s first book was the international best-seller A is for Arsenic, which was shortlisted for a Mystery Readers International Macavity Award and a BMA ...
Titre :Making The Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Format :Couverture souple
Dimensions de l'article :304 pages, 8.02 X 5.13 X 0.8 po
Dimensions à l'expédition :304 pages, 8.02 X 5.13 X 0.8 po
Publié le :19 novembre 2019
Publié par :Bloomsbury USA
Langue :anglais
Convient aux âges :Tous les âges
ISBN - 13 :9781472933768

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