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Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds (MIT Press) Paperback – May 5, 2017
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This new, remarkable annotated edition of Frankenstein with its accompanying essays brings the 'modern Prometheus' flawlessly into our century in a manner sure to inspire scientists and nonscientists in a conversation that Shelley herself might not have foreseen but surely would have encouraged.(Arthur L. Caplan, Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor, founding head of the Division of Bioethics at the School of Medicine, New York University)
This wonderful new edition is a happy addition to the critical literature examining the meaning of the tale for our twenty-first-century commitments to heroic science, engineering, and technology.(Rachelle D. Hollander, Director, Center for Engineering Ethics and Society, National Academy of Engineering)
The Promethean tale of Frankenstein is a rich source of questions about the price that scientists and the public pay for knowledge. This annotated edition rescues the classic allegory from popular culture's caricature and presents it with a framework for exploring the questions raised. Among the many questions, perhaps the most important is, when scientists either from amoral arrogance or negligent lack of foresight present a discovery society is not prepared to deal with -- nuclear weapons, engineered gene lines, climate modification -- what is the scientists' responsibility going forward? Is it merely to watch in horror as the knowledge is unleashed on society?(Rush D. Holt, Chief Executive Officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Executive Publisher, Science Family of Journals)
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David Guston is Professor and Founding Director of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, where he also serves as Codirector of the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes..
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As for the story of Frankenstein - I enjoyed it, but will likely not read it again. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the accompanying essays and will very likely revist them in the future.
While this book is marketed to "scientists, engineers, and makers", I think that anyone would benefit from thinking on the many issues this book and the accompanying essays raises. I highly recommend it to anyone curious about ethics, philosophy, or the role of science in society.
If you want to get all of the footnotes as they appear in the text, however, you should get the print copy of this book.