Saturday, August 23, 2008
“…a volume of the works of Cornelius Agrippa.” (pg. 24)
Cornelius Agrippa was a German thinker who wrote on many topics including science and religion in the mid 16th century. He was widely considered a “mystic” by his peers and critics. He wrote about a myriad of different things, including daily domestic life to modern engineering and science. Often a critic of new scientific ideas and discoveries, Agrippa’s most famous work, De incertitudine et vanitate scientiarum (Of the Uncertainty and Vanity of the Sciences), was a scathing attack on what were cutting edge scientific theories and practices.
EDIT: Shelley includes this scientists to emphasize Victor's ideas on science and to give the reader a better idea of what Victor's future experiments would entail.