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The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

To read it is to read the opening of the human mind. A must have for any library.

Like the polymath intellectuals of the times, The Age of Wonder reaches across multiple themes and disciplines, combining biography with the history of science, literature and even social change. Holmes' biographical accounts carry the reader through the book, each figu...
Like the polymath intellectuals of the times, The Age of Wonder reaches across multiple themes and disciplines, combining biography with the history of science, literature and even social change. Holmes' biographical accounts carry the reader through the book, each figure serving as a new torchbearer in the progression of science in the age-and each figure also bringing new questions as that same science slowly reveals a universe far vaster and stranger than the easily defined world of the old philosophy. The Age of Wonder is a book about discovery, both exciting and frightening-discovery that removes surety as much as it offers hope. To read it is to read the opening of the human mind, and to be called again to look at the world with wonder.


I am Scott C. Waring, author of novels George's Pond & West's Time Machine.

posted by Scott-Waring on August 5, 2009

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

It could have been an Interesting book but...

Boring. Barely keeps the reader's attention. Interesting discoveries and events are buried in minutia and the book is filled with names of people no one will ever remember. Snipets of book reviews on the book's jacket are either very misleading or taken completely ou...
Boring. Barely keeps the reader's attention. Interesting discoveries and events are buried in minutia and the book is filled with names of people no one will ever remember. Snipets of book reviews on the book's jacket are either very misleading or taken completely out of context.

posted by 2384369 on May 8, 2010

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