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Holmes, Richard, 1945-
The age of wonder : how the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science / Richard Holmes
Alternate Title How the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science
1st U.S. ed
New York : Pantheon Books, c2008
book jacket
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 4th Floor  Q127.G4 H65 2008    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Science -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Discoveries in science -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Subject Herschel, William, 1738-1822
Herschel, Caroline Lucretia, 1750-1848
Davy, Humphry, Sir, 1778-1829
Physical Description xxi, 552 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm
Note 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

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