The Mad Scientist
April 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
I just read a really interesting story on the history of the “mad scientist” image in popular culture. It’s a stereotype/trope that often brings to mind images of Einstein on his most stressed out days- wild white hair sprouting from his head, a mix of passion, enthusiasm, and crazy behind the eyes. Did you know that historians have determined that the very first mention of a mad scientist was of a woman? Her name was Mathésis, after the ancient Greek term meaning learning, mathematics, knowledge, and science. Kind of eerily cool, right? Especially considering how hard women have had to work in present day to be considered legitimate scientists, let alone to have equal access to STEM fields. For more on the history of female scientists check out the original article. And, what about you? Do you know any mad scientists?