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The gendered atom : reflections on the sexual psychology of science
Roszak, Theodore, 1933-2011.
Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : Conari Press, [1999]

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xiv, 174 pages ; 21 cm
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This text explores the uncharted depths of the scientific soul. There, beneath the scientist's calm, rational surface, historian Theodore Roszak finds a maelstrom of repressed sexual prejudices and gender stereotypes.

Author Notes

Theodore Roszak was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 15, 1933. He received a B.A. from UCLA and a Ph.D. in English history from Princeton University. He taught at Stanford University, the University of British Columbia, San Francisco State University, and California State University, Hayward. His only lengthy departure from academia was when he served as editor of Peace News in London during 1964 and 1965.

His writings and social philosophy have been controversial since the publication of The Making of a Counter Culture in 1968. His other nonfiction works include Where the Wasteland Ends, Person/Planet, The Voice of the Earth, The Cult of Information, and Ecopsychology: Healing the Mind, Restoring the Earth.

He also wrote several novels including Flicker, The Devil and Daniel Silverman, and Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein, which won the Tiptree Award. He died of cancer on July 5, 2011 at the age of 77.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Roszak, an imaginative and literary social historian, likes to tease apart the matrices of our cultural assumptions. In this thoughtful work, he explores the nexus between stereotypical gender roles and the alleged objectivity of science. Traditionally aligned with nature and the "softer" qualities of intuition and emotion, women are often considered unsuitable for the rigors of science by men, the gender long associated with reason and intellect. What Roszak asks is if males hold such a biased view of humanity, isn't it possible that sexual politics have influenced scientific findings and "our most basic understanding of the physical universe?" He tests this resounding hypothesis within the contexts of a lively history of atomic theory, a synopsis of feminist psychology, and a far-reaching analysis of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Roszak makes many unforeseen comparisons, such as viewing CERN, Switzerland's immense underground particle accelerator, as today's version of the prehistoric caves at Lascaux, a technique that helps orient the discourse toward a more open-minded approach to studying the complexities of life. --Donna Seaman

Table of Contents

Jane Goodall
Forewordp. ix
1 Frankenstein, Feminism, and the Fate of the Earthp. 1
2 The Nuclear Winter of 1816p. 23
3 The Largest Scientific Machine in the Worldp. 29
4 The Psychology of the Quarkp. 45
5 "The Power Is There"p. 63
6 Macho Sciencep. 73
7 The Rape of Naturep. 93
8 "The Corpse of My Dead Mother..."p. 109
9 Deep Communityp. 119
10 The Black Madonnap. 135
11 "Only Connect!"p. 143
Afterword: The Idols of the Bedchamberp. 153
Notesp. 157
Bibliographyp. 167
About the Authorp. 175