Angels or Demons? Stereotypes of Scientists

  • Kristine Larsen
Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)


Sociologist Eva Flicker argues that all forms of art contribute “to the mediation of science. The images drawn of science and scientific work are deeply embedded in the culture” [1]. Arguably the most common of these images is the cartoonish mad scientist, hell bent on either proving a pet hypothesis correct or world domination (or both), no matter the cost. Legendary science popularizer Carl Sagan wrote that this image haunts our “world—down to the white-coated loonies of Saturday morning children’s TV and the plethora of Faustian bargains in popular culture, from the eponymous Dr. Faustus himself to Dr. Frankenstein, Dr. Strangelove, and Jurassic Park” [2].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristine Larsen
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  1. 1.Geological Sciences DepartmentCentral Connecticut State UniversityNew BritainUSA

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