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The Age of Wonder

The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Science

Richard Holmes

Explore the birth of the Romantic Age of Science in this absorbing history that delves into the lives of the men and women who made groundbreaking discoveries and inventions at the end of the 18th century. Follow the voyages of Joseph Banks and Captain Cook in search of new worlds, and delve into the astronomical, chemical, poetic, and philosophical discoveries of William Herschel and Humphry Davy. Discover how the great Romantic writers, from Mary Shelley to Coleridge and Keats, were inspired by the scientific breakthroughs of their day. A thrilling evocation of the second scientific revolution, whose consequences still resonate today.
Publish Date
First Published in 2008
Goodreads rating
It's about discovery, and whether it's discovery in the stars, or discovery in South Pacific, or discovery in science, or discovery in the arts, and I love that.      source
Okay I cannot recommend this book enough. Every few pages I find myself chucking aloud at such things as a particularly beautiful turn of phrase, a clever way of explaining something, a lovely historical detail, etc. Absolutely top-notch history & philosophy of science!      source