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The age of wonder : how the Romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science

By: Holmes, Richard

0007149530 / 9780007149537
Paperback
509.4'1'09033
03/09/2009
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England
20 cm xxi, 554 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), map, ports. (chiefly col.)
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Reprint. Originally published: 2008.

Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and winner of the Royal Society Prize for Science Books, 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.

BIC:

1DB British Isles, 3JF c 1700 to c 1800, BGT Biography: science, technology & medicine, PDR Impact of science & technology on society

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