In The Gendered Atom, Theodore Roszak explores the uncharted depths of the scientific soul. There, beneath the scientist's rational, purportedly objective surface, Roszak finds a maelstrom of repressed sexual biases and gender stereotypes. Far from a purely objective view of the natural world, science-down to the very conception of the atom-is suffused with sexual politics. And the result, sadly, is a culture at risk from global warming, nuclear proliferation, toxic waste, genetic engineering, and more. "Male scientists," Roszak observes, "have always been more male than scientist." So modern scientists, from the age of Galileo and Newton, have subjected nature-Mother Earth-to a typically masculine drive to control and exploit. Deftly drawing on insights from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein-the classic tale of science gone mad-and from the new field of feminist psychology, the author shows how centuries of male domination have distorted not only scientific research and development, but also our relationship to one another and to the natural world. The fallout from gender stereotypes, however, is not a problem that can be solved merely by recruiting more women into the sciences. In Roszak's view, "It is not just individual scientists who account for gender bias in science, but the official psychology of the field as a whole. As long as a good scientist is expected to treat nature as something outside, alien, and detached from our feelings and responsibilities, as long as scientists think nature is ours to use as we see fit, science will be shot through with masculine characteristics." The Gendered Atom envisages a new, gender-free science that lies beyond sexual politics, respects our community with nature, and promises a healthier, more sustainable relationship between ourselves and the world we inhabit.