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Author Holmes, Richard, 1945-

Title The age of wonder : how the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science / Richard Holmes
Edition First Vintage Books edition
Published New York : Vintage Books, 2010


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 W'PONDS  509.4109033 Hol/Aow 2010  AVAILABLE
Description xxi, 552 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents Joseph Banks in paradise -- Herschel on the moon -- Balloonists in heaven -- Herschel among the stars -- Mungo Park in Africa -- Davy on the gas -- Dr. Frankenstein and the soul -- Davy and the lamp -- Sorcerer and apprentice -- Young scientists
Summary "The Age of Wonder" explores the earliest ideas of deep time and space, and the explorers of "dynamic science": an infinite, mysterious Nature waiting to be discovered. Three lives dominate the book: William Herschel, his sister Caroline, and Humphry Davy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 485-525) and index
Subject Davy, Humphry, Sir, 1778-1829.
Herschel, Caroline Lucretia, 1750-1848.
Herschel, William, 1738-1822.
Discoveries in science -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Science -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
LC no. 2010293678
ISBN 1400031877 (paperback)
9781400031870 (paperback)