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.