Great Men of Science nos. 21 & 22, Glen Berger



Title: Great Men of Science nos. 21 & 22

Author: Glen Berger

Typology: Drama

Language: English

Year: 2007

Publisher: Broadway Play Publishing Inc.


Synopsis: Battling obstacles both grand and trivial in eighteenth century France, two little-known scientists strive mightily to advance humanity’s understanding of life and the universe in  Great Men of Science nos. 21 & 22. In 1738, at the heady height of the Age of Enlightenment, the Royal Academy of Sciences has announced its annual contest – to prove or refute that behind the seemingly randomness of all creation, there is God’s wisdom and design. Jacques de Vaucanson attempts to prove the assertion, and thereby win the love of the woman he adores, by constructing the first biologically accurate automata – a clockwork duck that flaps its wings, eats and excretes just like a duck. Years later, during the blackest months of the Reign of Terror, a bitter and elderly Lazarro Spallanzani studies mating frogs to understand once and for all how life is conceived, and discovers instead the significance his longtime housekeeper has played in his life.