In Flowers for Algernon, what is the "Algernon-Gordon Effect"? How do Charlie's co-workers react when Charlie returns after the operation?
The "Algernon-Gordon Effect", in Charlie's words, is "the logical extension of the entire intelligence speed-up", which can be described in the following terms:
"Artificially-induced intelligence deteriorates at a rate of time directly proportional to the quantity of the increase".
In other words, the smarter a subject becomes after the experimental operation, the faster that newly-gained intelligence will eventually disappear.
At the height of his intelligence after his operation, Charlie studies his own and Algernon's progress, collecting data and performing mathematical analysis on what he has found. He is disturbed because he has observed that Algernon's development suddenly begins...
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