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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 : Pantheon Books, 2008. ©2008
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First United States editionView 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, Sir; Caroline Lucretia Herschel; Humphry Davy, Sir; Humphry Davy, Sir; Caroline Lucretia Herschel; William Herschel
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Holmes
ISBN: 9780375422225 0375422226 9781400031870 1400031877
OCLC Number: 264044731
Awards: National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, 2009
Description: xxi, 552 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 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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