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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Book Review: Richard Holmes, "The Age of Wonder"

William Herschel, the German-born, star-gazing musician who effectively doubled the size of the solar system with a single discovery in 1781, was not regarded as a scientist. That word had not been coined during most of the era that will now be known, thanks to Richard Holmes’s amazingly ambitious, buoyant new fusion of history, art, science, philosophy and biography, as “The Age of Wonder.” And Mr. Holmes’s excitement at fusing long-familiar events and personages into something startlingly new is not unlike the exuberance of the age that animates his groundbreaking book.

link: Books of The Times - ‘The Age of Wonder’ by Richard Holmes - When Poets Were Scientists and Nature Their Mysterious Muse - Review -


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