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Authors Note This was a semi-creative project We had to address the issues in a persuasive letter rather than a boring ol report so please become unconfused as far as the format Cal Tech Curriculum Committee Scientists are all too ready to lock themselves away with their research unwilling - perhaps even incapable - of seeing the consequences of their actions It is our duty as their educators to provide them with not only a means to gain knowledge but also insights into the society into which they will ultimately release their findings Since none here are literary or English majors it may seem difficult at first to integrate such needed sociological concerns into their current courses of study so it is our duty to give them easily-reliable examples which parallel with their own course of study examples that will be memorable And what better to illustrate and retain attention than a tragedy I suggest that the Mary Shellys novel Frankenstein be included as a central text in the current Humanities courses required here The reason Frankenstein may hold more relevance as part of the program than say a classical Greek play is the subject matter alone Hopefully the literary connections are more likely to be drawn if we can appeal to the students interests as best as we can Perhaps then they are more likely to believe that the humanities do have something to do with them The specifics it also raises about ethics and responsibilities of science speak more than enough of the novels behalfMany scientists in the far-reaching fields today may feel overwhelmed perhaps even taking on a Gaudi-esque credo to their respective research That Spanish architect is quoted as saying that he didnt have time to wonder that he had to spend all of his time working While this is a commendible work ethic such a belief can lead scientists to bring the curse to mankind that
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