FILM OR NOVEL OR MEMOIR REVIEW
For this assignment you will need to select a film, novel, or memoir that concerns a scientist, scientific issue, or has some other relevance to the issues that we are studying in this course. You need to view the film or read the book, then write a short paper (at least 3 pages, double spaced) about the film or book. Very important: do not simply give a plot summary. Your paper will need to deal seriously with issues we consider in this class in order to receive a top grade for this assignment.
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Find a film that deals with some issue in modern science and watch it (all of it). You should be able to locate some relevant films at Blockbuster or from Netflix, and there might be some on YouTube, as well. You can search for the ones I list below or find one that suits your particular tastes in movies. However, if you select your own film, please let me know before you start writing your paper so that I can approve your selection.
Write a short (at least 3 pages, double spaced, 12 point font) paper discussing how the film illustrates an aspect of modern science. As we continue reading in our textbook, you should be able to determine some appropriate themes to write about. In discussing the film you select, you may want to consider questions such as how the film portrays the principal antagonists, how the underlying issues are presented in relation to the immediate narrative of the film, how the “message” of the film relates to historical knowledge of the history of science, your thoughts on what the message of the film is, and how this film corresponds to what you have read in the textbook. Some issues that you should be aware of include the following possible points: the funding for science (who pays for scientific research?), the image of the scientist (is the scientist a regular person or a “mad” scientist?), how scientific research is conducted (for example, most 20th c. science is conducted in research groups, not by individual scientists), etc.
These are some good and relevant films to watch:
Jurassic Park (1993)