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Now the Scene was Changes – “Frankenstein” – Mary Shelley

May 6th, 2011 · No Comments · History, Science

Besides, I had a contempt for the uses of modern natural philosophy. It was very different, when the masters of the science sought immortality and power; such views, although futile, were grand: but now the scene was changed. The ambition of the inquirer seemed to limit itself to the annihilation of those visions on which my interest in science was chiefly founded. I was required to exchange chimeras of boundless grandeur for realities of little worth.

It seems to be a common thread through all professions and through all periods of time that the past was a period of grand aspiration that we no longer live up to. I can’t say that I agree with this perspective…

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