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The Fear of Science
The Fear of Science
To live in the today\'s world is to be surrounded by the products of
science. For it is science that gave our society color television, the
bottle of aspirin, and the polyester shirt. Thus, science has greatly
enhanced our society; yet, our society are still afraid of the effect of
science. This fear of science can be traced back to the nineteenth century
where scientist had to be secretative in experimenting with science.
Although science did wonders in the nineteenth century, many people feared
science and its effects because of the uncertainty results of science.
Our thrist for science can be traced back through many decades.
However, the nineteenth century society felt that science was a great
investment towards a better life. This investment in science gave the
nineteenth century society the discovery of light waves and radio waves,
the electric motors, the first photograph and telephone, and the first
publication of the periodic table. Science also caused an uproar in
society when Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species, which became
the scientific basis for the study of the evolution of humans. Many people
in the nineteenth century detested Darwin\'s theory of the evolution of man
because it went against their religion, which believed that God created the
world. Science, soon, developed the big bang theory, which states that
earth was created by the attraction of atoms. The nineteenth century
society was afraid of science because it contradicted their beliefs, and
was afraid that the results of science would lead to the destruction of
mankind. Thus, the study of science was limited because of fear of its
The fear of the effects of science was expressed in literature.
Novels like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Time Machine, and Frankenstein
showed the dangers of science and that science would soon lead to the
destruction of mankind.
The novel Frankenstein is about a man name Victor Frankenstein who
wanted to tamper with life and death by "exploring unknown powers, and
unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation." (Frankenstein, pg.40)
He acquired the knowledge of science when he attended the university of
Ingolstadt, and once the knowledge of science was gained, Frankenstein went
to his secret laboratory to create a creature with gigantic
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