The Age of Wonder

How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
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Product Number: Z100097906
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781483076713
Narrator/s: Gildart Jackson
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The Age of Wonder is a colorful and utterly absorbing history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the romantic age of science. When young Joseph Banks stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, he hoped to discover paradise. Inspired by the scientific ferment sweeping through Britain, the botanist had sailed with Captain Cook in search of new worlds. Other voyages of discovery-astronomical, chemical, poetical, philosophical-swiftly follow in Richard Holmes' thrilling evocation of the second scientific revolution. Through the lives of William Herschel and his sister, Caroline, who forever changed the public conception of the solar system; of Humphry Davy, whose near-suicidal gas experiments revolutionized chemistry; and of the great romantic writers, from Mary Shelley to Coleridge and Keats, who were inspired by the scientific breakthroughs of their day, Holmes brings to life the era in which we first realized both the awe-inspiring and the frightening possibilities of science-an era whose consequences are with us still.

Author(s): Richard Holmes
Genre: Science, History
Original Publish Date: Jun 16, 2011

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Author(s): Richard Holmes
Product Number EB00169935
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780307378323

Professional reviews

"This book pays tribute to the British scientists of the late eighteenth century whose discoveries led to profound new directions in scientific thought. Gildart Jackson artfully manages Holmes's excellent treatise, infectiously conferring each new revelation with the awe it is due. Holmes's thorough approach is structured as a compilation of several scientists' lives. Never dull, his research and prose style perfectly balance the narrative of struggling private lives, letters, memoirs, and descriptions of experiments that are linked to art, culture, and scientific theory. Jackson occasionally delivers subtle accents and sounds fully engaged throughout his narration. This was an era when discoveries were made around the globe and in outer space as scientists carried out the quest for knowledge. A.W. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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