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'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
Excellent concept but ultimately let down by the concentration on a small number of individuals. The first chapters on Joseph Banks were captivating but later sections on Humphrey... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eric Dolphy
The book arrived just before the due date and its condition was as described by the seller and in respect to the price paid and postage the book was good value. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Airman
A wonderful book. Recommended for anyone interested in the eighteenth century.Published 5 months ago by Shell_dish
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 7 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 9 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 10 months ago by Anna H.