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Carl Djerassi discusses his “science-in-fiction” novels and “science-in-theatre” plays that reveal the idiosyncratic and sometimes brutal culture of scientists.

The drive to publish first, even the order of the authors and choice of journal; the collegiality and brutal competition; grantsmanship; the still existing glass ceiling for women; Schadenfreude, even Nobel lust—these are the soul and baggage of contemporary science.

To describe this idiosyncratic scientific culture to a wider public, Carl Djerassi has chosen the mediums of fiction and more recently theatre. Djerassi will discuss his tetralogy of “science-in-fiction” novels and “science-in-theatre” plays, where all the science and the scientists’ behaviour is real or at least plausible. He addresses the question what, if any, relation exists between pure research and impure application or conduct?


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Date and Time:

14 November 2007 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



The Royal Society
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