The Age of Wonder

The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science

Non-Fiction, Languages & Reference, Dictionaries & Reference, Popular Science
Paperback Published on: 03/09/2009
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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.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780007149537
  • Number of pages: 380
  • Weight: 440g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 37 mm

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The Age of Wonder
Perfectly describes the romantic view of science in the early 19th century.
The book is set against the life and works of Joseph Banks and his contemporaries who advanced British science in the late 18th and early 19th century. It ... READ MORE
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