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The age of wonder : how the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science

Author: Richard Holmes
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2010, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Vintage books edView all editions and formats
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"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.
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: William Herschel; Caroline Lucretia Herschel; Humphry Davy, Sir; William Herschel, Sir; Caroline Lucretia Herschel; Humphry Davy, Sir; Humphry Davy, Sir; Caroline Lucretia Herschel; William Herschel
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Holmes
ISBN: 9781400031870 1400031877
OCLC Number: 437298763
Description: xxi, 552 pages, [24] 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.
Responsibility: Richard Holmes.

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"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.

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