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Current Exhibit: Frankenstein - Penetrating the Secrets of Nature (June 5-July 16)

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature 

June 5-July 16, 2017

Where: Lobby, Gerstein Science Information Centre

The Gerstein Science Information Centre is pleased to host the travelling exhibition, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature.  Visit this 6-banner exhibit to learn more about the scientific origins of the mythical modern monster, and also check out the following:

  • special book display
  • historical scientific instruments from UTSIC
  • fun interactive photo wall


More about the exhibition:

On a dark and stormy night in 1816, Mary Shelley began writing a story that posed profound questions about individual and societal responsibility for other people.

To make her point, the young novelist used the scientific advances of her era and the controversies surrounding them as a metaphor for issues of unchecked power and self-serving ambition, and their effect on the human community.

Since that time, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus has become one of the Western world’s most enduring myths. The story provides a framework for discussions of medical advances that challenge our traditional understanding of what it means to be human.

The six-banner travelling exhibition explores the Birth of Frankenstein, the life of author Mary Shelley, the scientific search for the principle of life, and the transformation of the “monster” in popular culture.  

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.