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Who created it? Holmes, Richard, 1945-
What's it called? The age of wonder [electronic resource] : how the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science / Richard Holmes.
Who published it? [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2011.
Edition info! Unabridged.
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What's it like? 1 online resource (1 audio file (21hr., 27 min.)) : digital.
Performers! Read by Gildart Jackson.
What's it about? 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.
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Special stuff to know! Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Helpful subjects! Science -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Discoveries in science -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
More people who helped! Jackson, Gildart. Narrator.
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Special numbers! 9781483076713 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
1483076717 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
Special numbers! MWT10025138
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