Familiar and the Strange-Posner Center - Carnegie Mellon University

The Familiar and the Strange: Science and The Time Machine

Exhibit by Posner Center intern, Christine Beaty
Summer 2007


H.G. Well's The Time Machine (1895) was used as a case study to examine the influence of 19th century science on science fiction’s development. The exhibit featured books by Darwin, Pasteur, Maxwell, Einstein and others. Considering the themes of familiar versus strange; control of nature; and the importance of the scientific method, Wells’ commentary on science and society remains applicable today.

The Time Machine cover  H.G. Wells portrait













Photos: Posner Memorial Collection, Marxists Internet Archive

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