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What is the relation between Fahrenheit 451, science, and the use of fire? I need to...

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shelbyy079 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 1, 2007 at 3:37 AM via web

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What is the relation between Fahrenheit 451, science, and the use of fire?

I need to know how science is involved in the book.

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 1, 2007 at 9:48 PM (Answer #1)

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Science is turned against itself in this novel. By that I mean, the firemen use the finest results of science. Their tools are the best technology available, and they know how things burn, down to the temperature needed to use to burn things (like the paper of the book). The hounds, oh, those wonderful hounds, use advanced technology, as do the instruments of war and entertainment (the broadcasting rooms). However, they are all used to destroy the source of science: the free and active human mind. Science consumes itself in this novel, just as fire does.

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