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

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HarperPress, 2009 - 554 pagine
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. Three lives dominate the book - William Herschel and his sister Caroline, whose dedication to the study of the stars changed the public conception of the solar system, the Milky Way, and the meaning of the universe; and Humphry Davy, who, with only a grammar school education stunned the scientific community with his near-suicidal gas experiments that led to the invention of the miners’ lamp and established British chemistry as the leading professional science in Europe. This age of exploration extended to great writers and poets as well as scientists, all creators relishing in moments of high exhilaration, boundary-pushing and discovery.

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This is a fascinating account of the growth of science in Romantic Age of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Holmes looks at the period through the lives of ground-breaking scientists, and ... Leggi recensione completa

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A fascinating history of pre-Victorian British science, its connections with Romanticism and the poets of that era, its preparation of the ground for the Victorian sciencs and hence for modern science. Thoughtful but approachble writing. Leggi recensione completa

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Informazioni sull'autore (2009)

Richard Holmes is a Fellow of the British Academy, and was Professor of Biographical Studies at the University of East Anglia (2001-2007). He was awarded the OBE in 1992. His first book, 'Shelley: The Pursuit', won the Somerset Maugham Prize in 1974. 'Coleridge: Early Visions' won the 1989 Whitbread Book of the Year Award, and 'Dr Johnson and Mr Savage' won the James Tait Black Prize. 'Coleridge: Darker Reflections' won the Duff Cooper Prize and the Heinemann Award. He lives in London and Norfolk with the novelist Rose Tremain.

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