Chemistry in theatre : insufficiency, phallacy or both
- Carl Djerassi.
- London, UK : Imperial College Press, c2012.
- Physical description
- xx, 112 p. : ill ; 23 cm.
- Djerassi, Carl.
- Includes bibliographical references.
- Foreword: Plays on the Page Rather than Stage-- Plays Dealing with Chemistry-- Insufficiency: A Play in
- 9 Scenes-- Phallacy: A Play in
- 27 Scenes.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
This book examines the questions "What can science do for the theatre?" and "What can the theatre do for science?" which raise challenges for both theatre professionals and scientists. Unusually, this book deals with plays first and foremost as reading material - as texts to be read alone or in dramatic readings - rather than emphasizing performances on the stage. Concrete examples are given to demonstrate the potential pedagogic value of using the dialogic style and plot structure of plays in science, with a special focus on chemistry. Very few books have dealt with the subject of science-in-theatre and virtually none with chemistry-in-theatre. Texts of the author's two recent plays, "Insufficiency" and "Phallacy", are included in their entirety to offer concrete examples of plays dealing with actual (rather than invented) chemistry. "Insufficiency" represents an example from the field of beer and champagne bubbles, where the topics of academic tenure and fashion in chemistry are analyzed, whereas in "Phallacy", a case history of the similarities and differences between science and art is presented for debate.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- 9781848169371 (hbk.)
- 184816937X (hbk.)
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