First Friday: The Science of Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

Public Events
Friday, August 4, 2017
5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

It’s alive! Experience the macabre public experiments that inspired Mary Shelley’s monster through historian Dean Howarth’s spirited portrayal of Giovanni Aldini.

In the late 18th century, Galvanists took electromedical experiments to the extreme. Dean Howarth embodies the spirit of Giovanni Aldini, who believed electrical shocks could revive the dead. Join us for a night of ghoulish fun as he re-creates the demonstrations that horrified audiences then and still fascinate us today.

The presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m, and the Museum at the Institute will be open for self-guided tours from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

About the Speaker

Dean Howarth is a veteran physics teacher and a living historian who re-creates episodes in the history of science using a large repertoire of replica scientific devices, specimens, and demonstrations.

About First Fridays

Spark your curiosity while exploring the exhibits after hours! First Fridays bring together a lively lineup of guest speakers and hands-on activities covering everyday science, historical oddities, and everything in between. Grab your friends, and kick off an evening of discovery, surprise, and a little nerdy fun.

First Fridays at the Institute are always free and open to the public; no registration required. For more information about our First Friday programs, contact Alexis Pedrick at 215.873.8293 or