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The scientist who went mad
am 1. Januar 2013
The story about a scientist who made himself invisible is still today a great work of fiction.
„I cannot of course believe in this absurd invisibility story-“ Nowadays the story that was written in 1897 by Herbert George Wells is well known. Several films and Series have made the invisible man alive.
The novel begins when a stranger enters on a winters day the guest house Coach and Horses. „He was wrapped up from head to foot, and the brim of his soft felt had hid every inch of his face…“ Although the unusual guest behaves strange and seems to hide something he is polite and pays the rent in time. But later strange things happen in the small town, furniture wents mad and a burglary is been made at the vicarage.
The stranger unveils himself, it is the scientist Griffin. Everyone sees or better sees not, because the man is invisible and he is in need of money for all his expensive experiments and he wants to get it, this or the other way, he slighlty becomes mad.
The people try to grip him but he can escape. Not long after that he meets the solitary living Thomas Marvel. „Help me – and I will do great things for you…but if you betray me…I will kill you.“
Altough in a popular movie some years ago, the scientist made himself invisible by using genetics, the original Griffin discovers a way to make himself invisible by making a disvoverie in physics. „You know the red colouring matter of blood; it can be made white – colourless…Just think of all the things that are transparent and seem not to be so. Paper for instance, is made of up of transparent fibres, and it is white and opaque. Oil white paper, fill up the interstices between the particles with oil so that there is no longer refraction or reflection except at the surfaces, and it becomes as transparent as glass…So little suffices to make us visible one to the other.“
The scientific background is fun to read. Wells had studied biology at the Norman School of science.
The story has an intensive suspense from the beginning, but somehow the story becomes confused, just like the invisible man becomes mad. It would have been great to read more about this process. Still the story is a great work of art and longs to be read in our time, even if we know today more about mankind, genetics and life, we still have to learn, we shouldn’ t do everything.