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The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science - Richard Holmes
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
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This brilliantly conceived and executed narrative can banish any notion you have that science history is dull or irrelevant. National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Richard Holmes earned his international reputation as a biographer of Coleridge and Shelley, but these creative excavations led... show more
This brilliantly conceived and executed narrative can banish any notion you have that science history is dull or irrelevant. National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Richard Holmes earned his international reputation as a biographer of Coleridge and Shelley, but these creative excavations led him deep into the story of pre-Darwinian British science. The Age of Wonder renders its story mainly through the lives of three seminal scientists: astronomers William and Caroline Herschel and self-made chemist Humphry Davy. Holmes's engaging narrative cuts through centuries, lifting readers into the lives of scientists who followed their imaginations.
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9780307378323 (0307378322)
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Edition language: English
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Cassandra Reads
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3.0 The Age of Wonder: The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Science [Richard Holmes]
I think I'm done with non-fiction for a while. Nothing against it, I just read it until I get burned out on it and then go to something else. My favorite chapters in this were about Joseph Banks and his anthropological studies and Caroline Herschel, who is the first (timeline wise, earliest) female ...
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5.0 The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
This book is a fascinating voyage back to the Romantic Age in Europe when there were still far flung parts of the globe to explore, most of the chemical elements awaited discovery, and time and space were found to be much vaster than anyone had expected. Even more wonderfully, scientists and artist...
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