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Making The Monster

Wednesday 4 April

Explore the science behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein... Is there any science fact behind the science fiction? And how might a real-life Victor Frankenstein have gone about creating his monster? The century before its publication saw huge advances in our understanding of science, particularly electricity and physiology. Sensational science demonstrations caught the imagination of the general public, and newspapers were full of lurid tales of murderers and resurrectionists. From stories of artificial life and experimental surgery, to 'monsters' and electrical experiments on human cadavers, Dr Kathryn Harkup examines the science and scientists that influenced Shelley and inspired her most famous creation.

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