What does the madness of mad science consist of? Here is a short essay that tries to answer this question. It's a lightly revised version of a paper I gave in November, 2005, at the annual meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts.

There are a few versions of the script of Some Mad Scientists for the medium of recorded sound and for live theater. If you are interested in seeing any of these scripts, please contact me.

Here's how the audiodrama script begins:


PRELUDE. From out of the depths of the Mediterranean come torrents of frightening, funny, furious, grieving laughter, the laughter of mad science. Many different versions of this laughter in overlapping waves convey a variety of senses: an infinity of worlds, movements between micro- and macrocosms, the edge of sanity, hilarity, void, unlocatable sources. This laughter goes on for almost too long, then quickly recedes into tranquil, pastoral ambience: quiet birdsong, a gently babbling brook, a low voice humming in the foreground, giggling nymphs and young shepherds in chase in the background, sensuous, idyllic, ludicrous. Fade out.