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Sidney Perkowitz is a professor emeritus at Emory University. He is the author of Empire of Light and Universal Foam and has written for The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Discover, Physics World, Aeon and more. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Eddy Von Mueller is a scholar, filmmaker and educator in Atlanta, Georgia.  He has published on subjects ranging from silent adaptations of Shakespeare to the nature films produced by the Walt Disney Company, and his most recent feature film, "The Lady From Sockholm," played over thirty film festivals around the world.


“Those seeking to delve further will find intelligent essays on the novel’s origins, appropriations and scientific relevance in Frankenstein: How a Monster Became an Icon, edited by physicist Sidney Perkowitz and filmmaker Eddy von Mueller. Bringing together the 'two cultures' of art and science just as Shelley did in her novel, this collection also provides insights into this modern myth by those who have contributed to its expansion.”
*Wall Street Journal*

“The legacy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is celebrated in this respectful anthology. A fine case for the enduring value of Shelley’s timeless tale.”
*Publishers Weekly*

“Very enjoyable. Readers fond of Shelley’s original work, as well as those who enjoy consuming the culture it’s spawned and influenced, will find this a book to savor, and despite edited compilations not being the usual choice for book groups, this could be a stellar choice for any pop-culture savvy group that’s recently worked with Shelley’s title. Recommended.”
*Library Journal*

“For all the historical specificity of these references, the novel’s qualms about the underside of progress have never resonated more than in the 21st century. The issues raised by artificial life are no longer hypothetical. Genetic modification and robotics have made them urgent. Those analogies are delineated in Frankenstein: How a Monster Became an Icon. It includes a useful summary of current attitudes among scientists to techniques commonly known as ‘playing God.”
*The Economist*

“Perkowitz is a gloriously lucid science writer.”
*The Washington Post (praise for UNIVERSAL FOAM)*

“Highly readable and entertaining, with a wealth of interesting information set in an accurate and sound scientific framework.  Deserves cult status. ”
*New Scientist (Praise for Sidney Perkowitz)*

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