Saturday, August 23, 2008

Cornelius Agrippa

Cornelius Agrippa

“…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.


xwing212 said...

so why are all of these thinkers included?

Genie DeAth said...

It may have been that in the early 1800's, 'proper young ladies' didn't read works by those authors. Perhaps it was Ms. Shelley's way of admitting she had studied them. This lady truly pushed her envelope.