Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds - The MIT Press (Paperback)
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Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds - The MIT Press (Paperback)

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The original 1818 text of Mary Shelley's classic novel, with annotations and essays highlighting its scientific, ethical, and cautionary aspects. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has endured in the popular imagination for two hundred years. Begun as a ghost story by an intellectually and socially precocious eighteen-year-old author during a cold and rainy summer on the shores of Lake Geneva, the dramatic tale of Victor Frankenstein and his stitched-together creature can be read as the ultimate parable of scientific hubris. Victor, "the modern Prometheus," tried to do what he perhaps should have left to Nature: create life. Although the novel is most often discussed in literary-historical terms-as a seminal example of romanticism or as a groundbreaking early work of science fiction-Mary Shelley was keenly aware of contemporary scientific developments and incorporated them into her story. In our era of synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, robotics, and climate engineering, this edition of Frankenstein will resonate forcefully for readers with a background or interest in science and engineering, and anyone intrigued by the fundamental questions of creativity and responsibility. This edition of Frankenstein pairs the original 1818 version of the manuscript-meticulously line-edited and amended by Charles E. Robinson, one of the world's preeminent authorities on the text-with annotations and essays by leading scholars exploring the social and ethical aspects of scientific creativity raised by this remarkable story. The result is a unique and accessible edition of one of the most thought-provoking and influential novels ever written. Essays by Elizabeth Bear, Cory Doctorow, Heather E. Douglas, Josephine Johnston, Kate MacCord, Jane Maienschein, Anne K. Mellor, Alfred Nordmann

Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780262533287
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 165 x 21 mm


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[The editors's] expertise speaks to Frankenstein's enduring message about existential stakes - and the potentially alarming societal consequences likely to devolve from the unfettered march of science and technology. Concerns about unintended consequences were urgent at the onset of the Industrial Revolution and the Nuclear Age, and they are, if anything, more urgent now. -Los Angeles Review of Books
[The editors's] expertise speaks to Frankenstein's enduring message about existential stakes - and the potentially alarming societal consequences likely to devolve from the unfettered march of science and technology. Concerns about unintended consequences were urgent at the onset of the Industrial Revolution and the Nuclear Age, and they are, if anything, more urgent now. -Los Angeles Review of Books * Reviews *

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“A Gothic Masterpiece”

This is a book well-deserved of its reputation, a chilling intruiging novel, documenting the life and loses of Dr Frankenstein and his bizzare creating. The complexity of mystic of it is matched only by the quality of... More

Paperback edition
14th July 2014
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“Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus”

Oh the loneliness portrayed in this classic is heart breaking. One feels anger at Victor, creator of a being crudely constructed from body parts of corpses. It can be a cruel, cruel world.

Paperback edition
6th April 2011
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“From Galvanism to genetic engineering – a warning”

It is initially easy to miss the contemporary relevance of this Regency gothic horror story but the beauty of Shelley’s classic is that it is so much more than this.

Frankenstein explores the metaphysical notion of... More

Paperback edition
16th December 2013
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