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on 27 May 2017
This is in many ways an admirable and exciting account of the half century or so in which the arts and what became the 'sciences' were strongly connected and influenced each other, before coming to be seen as separate domains of human thought and action. The personal relationships between the great poets of the later Georgian period and the great scientific pioneers is a surprise. However the account fails to provide the same level of attention to the great European figures despite showing that there was a Europe wide network of writers, philosophers and experimenters which interacted with those in Britain. To do so would require a much longer book, but would have been so much more revealing, and truer to the extent of the nascent European 'scientific' community.
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on 3 August 2017
A little bit of a ramble through a few "heros" of the 18th century - some obvious, some less so. It goes into their lives in a lot more detail than their science although both are covered so you get a lot of background on the people and their lives. I confess to skipping some pages that were less than spell-binding discussing the relationship between people like Coleridge and Davy.

Overall pretty interesting and readable, combining loads of different styles of discovery including
- always fatal African explorations
- the hot air ballooning crazes
- astronomy and evolving ideas about the universe
- chemistry, electricity and addictions to nitrous oxide

In summary it's very readable if not spell binding and you'll learn something new about the period when we changed our ideas about everything.
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on 13 April 2016
A wonderful history of a very important period, of the transition from magic to science, and the geniuses that made it happen. Very well written, the author brings these fascinating historical figures to life in such a way that I had to occasionally remind myself that I was not reading a novel.
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on 14 September 2017
This book turned out to be an interesting read. I worried it would be short essays about each scientist but, in fact, the narrative flowed along really well.
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on 14 August 2011
This book explains the major scientific discoveries of the romantic period ,the formation of the 'Royal Society' and the realisation that science was useful to mankind. The books follows the lives of important pioneers and their dedication to their subject. Good to read before R.Dawkins 
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on 5 July 2017
Great
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on 22 May 2017
ok
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on 28 March 2017
What a fantastic read, exciting and informative. With so much detail. A truly superb book that I'm sure to read again and again.
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on 30 August 2017
A wonderful book, beautifully written and full of fascinating stories that should appeal to anyone with an interest in science, art , literature or history.
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on 23 September 2017
Well researched and brought historic geniuses to life. Fully explained how the ground breakers overcame all the opposition and difficulties they faced
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