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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.
I literally couldn't put down this book! The stories about these 18th and 19th century men (and women) of science and their connections to each other and to poets like Coleridge... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Janet B. Zehr
This book does a magnificent job of showing how the Age of Enlightenment blossomed into a new era of scientific exploration and discovery, and of bringing to full-blooded life the... Read morePublished 27 days ago by William Owen
One of the best non-fiction books I have read. I give copies away frequently to friends.Published 27 days ago by Red Fox
Wish I had read it sooner. What clever people have contributed to us.Published 3 months ago by Princess Pam
I think this bood should be in our highschools, so that the children would understand how all the things we take for granted today came about.
Thank you very much.
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 4 months 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 5 months ago by Kenneth Buhmeyer