The Age of Wonder
How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
Introduced by Jenny Uglow
Richard Holmes presents an entertaining study of the extraordinary figures that changed the face of science.
This edition features many illuminating newly researched images: diagrams of galvanism show the effects of electricity on a severed ox’s head, and ‘Sadak in Search of the Waters of Oblivion’ poignantly illustrates the bravery of the lone traveller. In her introduction, the acclaimed writer Jenny Uglow shares her enthusiasm for a book that encourages us to ‘make our own imaginative flights’.