HIST Seth Rasmussen  Tuesday, August 21, 2012 

29 - Fictional characters in chemistry

Carmen J Giunta, giunta@lemoyne.edu, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY 13214, United States

Chemists are rarely the protagonists in works of popular fiction. Exceptions to the previous statement will be the subject of this presentation. Among the best known of these characters are three from the late 19th century: the world's first consulting detective (who developed a chemical test for blood) and experimenters whose concoctions caused dramatic changes in character and appearance. Earlier and later examples will also be presented. Some consideration will be given to genres in which science and scientists play important roles including science fiction, science-in-fiction (coined by Carl Djerassi), and lab lit (Jennifer Rohn).

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 02:00 PM
Characters in Chemistry (01:30 PM - 04:45 PM)
Location: Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel
Room: Logans 2


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