Bir Bilim Adamının Romanı by Oğuz Atay, which is a postmodernist piece
of modern Turkish literature, is a quite unique novel due to its content, message and
emotional-conceptional value as well as its technical and fictional features.
In Bir Bilim Adamının Romanı, Oğuz Atay covers the biography of a genius, Prof. Dr.
Mustafa İnan, who was also his teacher at İTÜ The content and core of the novel cover
the city Mustafa İnan grew up, his education, personal life, habits, intelligence, sickness
and death, along with his rise in the university, his dominance on mathematics with
a special doctrine, his life which lacked money and his rejection of working abroad.
The point to be mentioned in Bir Bilim Adamının Romanı, which is a biography that
can also be read as a personal development piece, is its value in the context of novelreality
relation. The main reason why “man” is the subject of the novel is because the
first person and the main concept to be discussed is “science”: The essential character
of science, its significance in both the personal and societal life, science ethics, real
scientist, the responsibilities of scientist, values, the perception of scientist by the
society, university and brain drain and other concepts that are based on science
are taken processed in the novel along with instants from the life story of Prof. Dr.