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The Age of Wonder - Richard Holmes
The Age of Wonder
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Richard Holmes’s dazzling portrait of the age of great scientific discovery is a groundbreaking achievement. The book opens with Joseph Banks, botanist on Captain Cook’s first Endeavour voyage, who stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769 fully expecting to have located Paradise. Back in Britain,... show more
Richard Holmes’s dazzling portrait of the age of great scientific discovery is a groundbreaking achievement.
The book opens with Joseph Banks, botanist on Captain Cook’s first Endeavour voyage, who stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769 fully expecting to have located Paradise. Back in Britain, the same Romantic revolution that had inspired Banks was spurring other great thinkers on to their own voyages of artistic and scientific discovery astronomical, chemical, poetical, philosophical that together made up the age of wonder’.

In this breathtaking group biography, Richard Holmes tells the stories of the period’s celebrated innovators and their great scientific discoveries: from telescopic sight to the miner’s lamp, and from the first balloon flight to African exploration.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780007149537 (0007149530)
Publisher: Vintage Books
Pages no: 380
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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