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The Spiritual History of Ice: Romanticism, Science, and the Imagination

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At the turn of the nineteenth century, crystallographers, glaciologists, and polar explorers for the first time demonstrated that frozen shapes are not dead but bearers of vital powers. Aware of this new scientific information, Romantic figures in England and America--including Coleridge and Poe, Percy and Mary Shelley, Emerson and Thoreau--challenged traditional represent ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published May 16th 2003)
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Klaus Kretzer
Jan 13, 2012 Klaus Kretzer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I lack the philosphical background and haven't read half of the literature the author mentioned in the book, I find it an impressive study of a phenomenon most of us would think they'd know. It is a little hard to digest but it is well worth the effort.
It was a great inspiration for my own book about ice.
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Jun 25, 2007 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of my professors at wake. his book is brilliant and absorbing.
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