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Science in the Romantic Age

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by jettsonic on January 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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