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So Rudely Interrupted: The Scientist Series

So Rudely Interrupted: The Scientist Series permits a new appreciation of the humanity of scientists and yet compliments the luster of their achievements.  A set of twelve paintings, the series portrays some of the more interesting ways in which being human has affected specific scientists.

When we read about the accomplishments of the great scientists, we may think of dedicated geniuses in white coats, working long hours in isolation from the rest of the world.  Unlike that image, science is the product of people who are subject to the joys and tribulations common to all humankind.  Life impinges on the labor of scientists, and their work reflects their characters and experiences.

The series depicts religious and political persecution (Anaxagoras and Hypatia) and religious conservatism (Copernicus). And we are given examples of the disastrous effects of ill health (Bacon and Curie) and the rare beneficial disease (Wallace).

 

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Anaxagoras Explains the Sun

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Bacon's Last Experiment  
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Burt and His Assistant Fixing Things
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Curie in the Kitchen with Irene  

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Hypatia Pursued by the Mob

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Mad Madge Has Her Say  
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McClintock Returns to Her Cornfield

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Paracelsus in a Party Mood

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Wallace and the Agents of Inspiration  
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Woodward, Hinton, and the Piltdown Man  

 

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