“Two hundred years after its creation, Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is still alive and well, continuing to shape how we imagine science and its moral consequences. Frankenstein’s cultural life reaches far beyond the book page, extending into film, television, video games, graphic novels, toys, and even breakfast cereal (not to mention a song with lyrics by Margaret Atwood). Shelley’s novel also remains a powerful lens through which we reckon with emerging technologies, conceptualize the research process, imagine the motivations and ethical struggles of scientists and engineers, and weigh the benefits of innovation with its unforeseen pitfalls. Presented in conjunction with a new critical edition just published by the MIT Press, titled Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds, this event features one of the book’s editors, Ed Finn, in conversation with cell biologist Donald Ingber and literary biographer Charlotte Gordon. What better place for science and literature to converge than at the chic and futuristic Le Laboratoire? Stoke your own creativity at a pre-discussion cocktail reception featuring a complimentary array of innovative (and delicious) appetizers from Café ArtScience and a cash bar (no credit cards, please).
Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University and one of the editors of Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds.
Charlotte Gordon is an associate professor at Endicott College and author, most recently, of Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography.
Donald Ingber is the founding director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and the Vascular Biology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a professor of bioengineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.