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Oliver Sacks is the author of Musicophilia, Awakenings,The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and many other books, for which he has received numerous awards, including the Hawthornden Prize, a Polk Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and lives in New York City, where he is a practicing neurologist. Read his exclusive guest review of The Age of Wonder:
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--and together create a "romantic," humanist science. We are once again on the brink of such an age, when science and art will come together in new and powerful ways. For this we could have no better model than the lives of William and Caroline Herschel and Humphry Davy, whose dedication and scientific inventiveness were combined with a deep sense of wonder and poetry in the universe. 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.
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Not only informative, but very well written as well.
Perhaps Holmes will one day devote a whole book describing the work of that generation in as full and fascinating detail as he has to their predecessors.
The book tells the story of the selected individuals lives during the period of their lives in which they were part of the history of science.
Each chapter and scientist could be a riveting feature in itself. The writer takes you into parlors and lecture halls as the voyagers return to discuss their findings around the... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mel Peffers
Silver linings or nightmares? All brilliant characters that also created an Age of aristocrats, static social standing, and warfare. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kenneth Buhmeyer
Absolutely fascinating book. Not only informative, but very well written as well.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
For anyone interested in science, and more importantly, in scientists-their ambitions, strengths and weaknesses. A great and glorious, special read.Published 1 month ago by green reader
I was never very interested in history in High School or College, but this book did a great job of making me truly care about these real life characters and their amazing ingenuity... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan
This is a book to savor. It is to be read slowly and maybe with a notepad handy. I learned so much from reading about the pioneers of the Romantic Generation.Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth R. Snead
As an engineer and history buff I was enthralled. Science and poetry. Personal history of key players. Read morePublished 3 months ago by HS
The author has done an excellent job of showing how Romantics' interaction with scientific ideas informed their intellectual views on life and spirituality. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DeBee
This book shows the personal lives and connections between select scientists of the era 1790 to 1820 in England. Read morePublished 3 months ago by rix vue