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Science on Stage: From "Doctor Faustus" to "Copenhagen" / Edition 1

by Kirsten Shepherd-Barr


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ISBN-13: 9780691121505
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 05/30/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kirsten Shepherd-Barr teaches Modern Drama in the Faculty of English at the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of St. Catherine's College, Oxford. She is the author of Ibsen and Early Modernist Theatre, 1890-1900 and has published widely in professional journals ranging from Theatre Research International to American Scientist to Interdisciplinary Science Reviews.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

CHAPTER 1: The Tradition of Science Plays 15

CHAPTER 2: Why Theater? The Appeal of Science Plays Now 41

CHAPTER 3: "Living Newspapers" and Other Plays about Physics and Physicists 61

CHAPTER 4: Copenhagen Interpretations: The Epistemology of Intention 91

CHAPTER 5: Evolution in Performance: The Natural Sciences on Stage 111

CHAPTER 6: Mathematics and Thermodynamics in the Theater 128

CHAPTER 7: Doctors' Dilemmas: Medicine under the Scalpel 155

CHAPTER 8: "Just a Fiction": Staging History and Truth 182

Alternating Currents: New Trends in Science and Theater 199

Appendix: Four Centuries of Science Plays: An Annotated List 219

Notes 231

Bibliography 253

Index 263

What People are Saying About This

Mike Vanden Heuvel

Shepherd-Barr's work represents a significant contribution to this emerging field by offering the first sustained taxonomy of science plays and a credible context for evaluating the importance of the subgenre. The book will interest many across a range of fields and interests.
Mike Vanden Heuvel, Department of Theatre and Drama, University of Wisconsin

Robert Osserman

Well-written and extremely timely. The book performs an invaluable service of placing the phenomenon of science plays in context, and of reanalyzing older plays from our current vantage point.
Robert Osserman, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University and Special Projects Director, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

Brian Schwartz

Kirsten Shepherd-Barr explores contemporary theater at the intersection of science and performance. She deals with subjects such as quantum mechanics, chaos theory, evolution, and genetics and focuses on work by superb playwrights such as Michael Frayn and Tom Stoppard, as well as alternative theatrical events that literally change the way of doing theater. In the process, she raises timeless questions about truth, morality, and social responsibility. This is a scholarly tour de force equally accessible to scientists, artists, and humanists.
Brian Schwartz, Professor of Physics and Director of the Science and the Arts Program, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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