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Oxygen: A Play in 2 Acts
What motivates a scientist? One key factor is the pressure from the competition to be the first to discover something new. The moral consequences of this are the subject of the play "Oxygen," dealing with the discovery of this all-important element. The focus of the play is on chemical and political revolutions, as well as the Nobel Prize, which will be awarded for the 100 ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 5th 2001 by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH
(first published February 22nd 2001)
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This play is part of the slim "literature of science." Copenhagen is far better literature but light on the science part. This actually does manage to raise some good scientific-philosophical issues but it is BAD literature, maybe too awful for people on this site. It's an exciting genre but nobody seems able to do it right. I'd be happy if someone would correct me on this, however.
It's probably (surprise surprise) so much better as a play one watches rather than reads. But a lot of concepts to think over about science and scientists: who gets credit, does it matter, the role of women in science, and the relationship of science and scientists with other subjects like history and language.