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Scientist in Laboratory

This vintage illustration features a a mad scientist experimenting on a miniature human being.

Professionally printed on archival heavy matte paper.

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Midcentury American culture had a strange fascination with mad scientists. Mad scientists were most conspicuous in popular culture after World War II. The invention of the atomic bomb gave rise in this period to genuine fears that science and technology had gone out of control. The scientific and technological build up during the Cold War, with its increasing threats of unparalleled destruction, did not lessen the impression. Mad scientists frequently figure in science fiction and motion pictures from the period.

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