Winner of the Royal Society Prize for Science Books 2009.
'Exuberant… Holmes suffuses his book with the joy, hope and wonder of the revolutionary era. Reading it is like a holiday in a sunny landscape, full of fascinating bypaths that lead to unexpected vistas… it succeeds inspiringly'’ John Carey, Sunday Times
‘I am a Richard Holmes addict. He is an incomparable biographer, but in The Age of Wonder, he rises to new heights and becomes the biographer not of a single figure, but of an entire unique period, when artist and scientist could share common aims and ambitions and a common language … Only Holmes, who is so deeply versed in the people and culture of eighteenth-century science, could tell their story with such verve and resonance for our own time.’ Oliver Sacks
'"The Age of Wonder" gives us… a new model for scientific exploration and poetic expression in the Romantic period. Informative and invigorating, generous and beguiling, it is, indeed, wonderful' Jenny Uglow, Guardian
'This is a book to linger over, to savour the tantalising details of the minor figures… "The Age of Wonder" allows readers to recapture the combined thrill of emerging scientific order and imaginative creativity’ Lisa Jardine, Financial Times--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
A wonderful book. Recommended for anyone interested in the eighteenth century.Published 21 days ago by Michael Signy
As a scientist/engineer who also has a passion for the arts, this book spoke to me as no other non-fiction book ever has. It really is a 'page-turner'. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr. David J. Watson
I bought this book on Kindle after catching a glimpse of it in a book store, thinking it's mainly about the science in the Romantic period, but in fact, it's about the people... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Just Arthur
A wonderful book with a romantic style of writing to complement the era about which it writes. For those who wish to read around the core science and purely out of interest!Published 4 months ago by Anna H.
I genuinely could not put it down. What could have been a very dry history of a very important time for our view of the world turned out to be full of human foibles, dramas and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bertilak Hautdesert
I actually purchased this hard cover book by accident, thinking I was getting an E-book for my Kindle. But I'm certainly not sorry, as this author is brilliant! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr. J. H. Wheeler
I found this very absorbing, especially as the movers and shakers of the 18th and 19th century were so influential on each other in a variety of unexpected ways.Published 7 months ago by V. Bodington