When does science go too far, and what are its limitations? The scientist in literature is often represented as “mad” because of the lengths he is willing to go to advance science. Sue Weaver Schopf will explore these ideas in the next lecture of Salem Athenaeum’s ongoing lecture series in October, titled “The Scientist and the Monster,” which takes place on Monday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Four of the most important works of the 19th century bring readers face-to-face with the scientist’s dilemma: “Frankenstein,” “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” and “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” the last of which will be the focus of Monday’s lecture. These works are structurally sophisticated and pose far-reaching questions that have not all been answered. Join the discussion at the Athenaeum, which is located at 337 Essex St. in Salem. Admission to a single lecture is $20 per person, $5 for a student with ID. For more information, visit www.salemathenaeum.net or call 978-744-2540.
Schopf is the associate dean and director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program, research adviser in the humanities and lecturer at the Harvard Extension School.