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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.

Imprint New York : Pantheon Books, c2008.

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 Moore Stacks  Q127.G4 H65 2008    Available  ---
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Description xxi, 552 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 485-525) and index.
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.
Subject Science -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Discoveries in science -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Herschel, William, 1738-1822.
Herschel, Caroline Lucretia, 1750-1848.
Davy, Humphry, Sir, 1778-1829.
Added Title How the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science
ISBN 9780375422225 : $40.00
0375422226 : $40.00