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The Andromeda Strain Themes & Symbolism

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Scientific Hubris

The scientists in The Andromeda Strain engage in an exercise in futility. Their quest to save the world from global destruction is a crisis invented by the very men who seek to resolve it. Jeremy Stone is the personification of scientific hubris in the story. As the creator of the Wildfire Project, his vision guides the project from its initial conception through final construction of the top-secret underground laboratory. His goal for the Wildfire Project is nothing less than to save humanity from mass destruction. Stone conceives of a theory that man's first contact with alien life will be with an alien bacterium. As a bacteriologist, he is aware that most life on earth is bacterial life, and supposes that the same must be true throughout the universe. This theory leads to the logical fear that such an alien bacterium might destroy earth's population upon first...

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