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5.0 out of 5 stars lunatics they were not?, 16 Sep 2002
This review is from: The Lunar Men:The Friends who made the Future (Hardcover)
A truly fascinating book, describing the 'club' formed by five amatuer experimenters from the Midlands in the 1760's. But not any experimenters: James Watt; Josiah Wedgewood; Joseph Priestley; Matthew Boulton; Erasmus Darwin (grandfather of Charles Darwin. Each of these men is famous and all have had biographies written, but this book about the Lunar Society of Birmingham shows their passions and interests vividly. What a fascinating illustration of early modern history and the power of young and optimistic men to create ideas that actually did change the world around them.
The book has much detailed research presented with transparent enthusiasm for the subject. If you bear with the detail, the underlying story is a gem. Oh, and now I know what a 'lunatic' really is!
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Initial post: 11 Dec 2009 12:26:41 GMT
Yangonite says:
You said they were "Experimenters" which is of course true, but let's not forget they were also Entrepreneurs, using the results of their experiments to generate products and hence hard-cash.
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