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The Resource The Age of Wonder

The Age of Wonder

Label
The Age of Wonder
Title
The Age of Wonder
Statement of responsibility
Richard Holmes
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Age of Wonder is a colorful and utterly absorbing history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science. 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 science--an era whose consequences are with us still.BONUS MATERIAL: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Richard Holmes's Falling Upwards
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
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2010.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2009.
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-Fiction, 2009.
  • National Academies Communication Award, 2010.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2009
  • Royal Society General Prizes for Science Books, 2009.
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318705
Cataloging source
DLC
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1945-
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Holmes, Richard
Dewey number
509.4109033
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Biography & Autobiography
  • History
  • Science
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
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how the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science
Label
The Age of Wonder
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:9d39ccb3-8714-45c1-8f11-1f0b30174c53
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780307378323
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Age of Wonder
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:9d39ccb3-8714-45c1-8f11-1f0b30174c53
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780307378323
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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