Science on the Big Screen: Frankenstein


Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 5:00pm to 7:30pm


RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

It is the 200th anniversary of the creation, by a very young Mary Shelley, of one of the most famous characters in horror fiction: Frankenstein’s monster. Furthermore, some say it should be considered the first true science fiction story, where the central character is a scientist who conducts modern experiments in the laboratory to achieve fantastic results. Indeed, Shelley was familiar with galvanism (electricity produced by chemical action) and other revolutionary ideas of the time that had an influence on her novel. Come enjoy the 1931 version of Frankenstein by James Whale with Boris Karloff as “the Monster”.


“Dr. Frankenstein creates a monster from parts of exhumed corpses and combines them into a massive creature, to whom he wishes to bestow life. The movie centers on this monster and his struggle in this 'life after death'.”


Science and technology are increasingly present in almost every aspect of our lives. But how much do we know about them? Although they not always cover science in a rigorous manner, movies are a great way to reach the general public and drive our curiosity. We have selected some movies to discuss topics like genetic engineering, biomedical research or artificial intelligence, among others. A short talk will be followed by the screening of the movie. We can have a nice discussion afterwards! Science on the Big Screen will screen other films in the months December 2018 and in March and June of 2019.


Speakers: Sara García Linares. RCC Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School.


Sponsors: RCC; Science@RCC.


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