A riveting history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the 18th century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science, "The Age of Wonder" explores the earliest ideas of "dynamic science": an infinite, mysterious Nature waiting to be discovered.A riveting history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the 18th century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science, "The Age of Wonder" explores the earliest ideas of "dynamic science": an infinite, mysterious Nature waiting to be discovered.Read Less
Very good. Tight binding with clean text. Very good. First Vintage edeition. Cover has wear along edges and corners have creases. Bottom page edges are soiled. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 552 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. Brilliantly conceived as a relay of scientific stories, "The Age of Wonder" investigates the earliest ideas of deep time and space, and the explorers of "dynamic science, " of an infinite, mysterious Nature waiting to be discovered.
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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.
Aug 19, 2010
A Great Book!
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!
Feb 28, 2010
Lord Byron Meets Darwin
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.
Jan 7, 2010
Science in the Romantic Age
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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