A National Library of Medicine traveling exhibition, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature, will be on display in the Briscoe Library from June 3 to July 13.
The myth of Frankenstein continues to resonate into and beyond the 20th century as science and technology gain ascendancy in American social and cultural life. Although many individuals welcome the changes caused by scientific advances, some worry about society’s ability to retain control of technologies that challenge their understanding of what it means to be human. Mary Shelley’s story offers a compelling framework for the public to articulate its uneasiness about scientific ambition and the nature of scientific responsibility.
The National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest biomedical library, is an institute within the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. It was founded in 1836.