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

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  • Running Time: 21:26 hrs
    Narrator: Gildart Jackson
    Blackstone Audio, Distributed by OneClick Digital, 2015
    Note: This book was purchased with support from the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component.


  • Author: Holmes, Richard
    Contributor: Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Jackson, Gildart
    Edition: Unabridged

    When young Joseph Banks stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, he hoped to discover Paradise. Inspired by the scientific ferment sweeping through Britain, the botanist had sailed with Captain Cook in search of new worlds. Other voyages of discovery- astronomical, chemical, poetical, philosophical- swiftly follow in Richard Holmes's thrilling evocation of the second scientific revolution. Through the lives of William Herschel and his sister Caroline, who forever changed the public conception of the solar system; of Humphry Davy, whose near-suicidal gas experiments revolutionized chemistry; and of the great Romantic writers, from Mary Shelley to Coleridge and Keats, who were inspired by the scientific breakthroughs of their day, Holmes brings to life the era in which we first realized both the awe-inspiring and the frightening possibilities of scienc- an era whose consequences are with us still.

    Original Publisher: Ashland, Or., [Prince Frederick, Md.], Blackstone Audio, [Distributed by] OneClick Digital
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 9781483076713