Lord Byron Meets Darwin
by PeggyO on February 28, 2010This 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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