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ISBN: 1455114332 / ISBN-13: 9781455114337

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

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Richard Holmes, prize-winning biographer of Coleridge and Shelley, explores the scientific ferment that swept across Britain at the end of 18th ... Show synopsis

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  • The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science (Blackstone Audiobooks) – Audiobook CD (2011)
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    The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science

    Audiobook CD, Blackstone Audiobooks
    2011
    English

    ISBN: 1455114332
    ISBN-13: 9781455114337

    Here is a colorful, utterly absorbing history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions gave birth to the Romantic Age of science. When Joseph Banks arrived in Tahiti in 1769, he hoped to discover Paradise. Inspired by the scientific ferment in Britain, the botanist sailed with Captain Cook in search of new worlds. Other voyages of discovery follow in this thrilling account of the second scientific revolution. Through the lives of William Herschel and his sister, who changed the public conception of the solar ... Show more

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

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oldbabba

Great Book

by oldbabba on Jan 17, 2013

The book was in very good condition, just as the Seller stated. Shipping time was somewhat slower than usual. This book was one of the textbooks recommended for a class. I started paging through it and got caught up in the material. It is a great book, a good mix of history, invention, science, philosophy of the mid-18th century, into the early 19th.

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Wes A

A Great Book!

by Wes A on Aug 19, 2010

This is a very readable book that takes us back to the beginning of critical scientific thought with realistic depictions of the men AND women making the discoveries underpinning the modern world. Well Done!

PeggyO

Lord Byron Meets Darwin

by PeggyO on Feb 28, 2010

This is a history of the development of the "humanizing" of science. Discoveries and theories are reaching nonscientists and poets, musicians, and other creative folks are drawn to things that are suddenly no longer in the territory of imagination. One of the early researchers was a botanist-turned-anthropologist , Joseph Banks, who accompanied Captain Cook on an expidition to Tahiti. Uranus was discovered by a musician, William Herschel, and his sister. These are just two of the stories in this very readable, intimate history of science being embraced by the Romantic Generation. It is a fascinating picture of the sometimes unlikely discoverers and creators in the 1700s and 1800s.

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jettsonic

Science in the Romantic Age

by jettsonic on Jan 7, 2010

This is a fast moving account of the major figures in England's Royal Society from the time of Joseph Banks to that of Michael Farraday. Beginning with an account of Banks as botanist on Captain Cook's travels to Tahiti, the book goes on to tell of Banks career as president of the Royal Society and develops the story of his fostering of the major developments in astronomy and chemistry which were achieved during his lifetime. His sponsoring of William Herschel and his sister, Caroline, of Humphrey Davy and Michael Farraday made possible many great discoveries and much progress. The stories of the first astronomical telescopes and the discovery of deep space, the first balloon travels and the crossing of the Channel, the exploration of the unknown African interior, Davy's safety light and the improvements in mining, and Farraday's brilliant lectures and discoveries are all part of Banks career. All this progress linked to the Romantic literature of the time, the writings of Keats and Shelley, is a great read.

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