Wednesday, 18 August 2010

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

A brilliant little book that never quite bites off more than it can chew. The development of science as told as mini biographies of a series of great explorers and experimenters.

There is lots you don't know about these folks that you will be glad you find out. Joseph Banks and the impact on societal morals not just the biological sciences. Herschel's family background and driven nature. Mad balloonists, drug taking Davy and the battle of wills over the lamp.

Easy to read and well deserving of the various awards it won.

Put it in your wish list.

Four out of five stars.

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