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The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes
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Jul 30, 09

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"Critics described Age of Wonder, a synthesis of history, science, philosophy, and biography, as ""intoxicating,"" ""gripping,"" and ""juicy."" Rather than a dry account of scientific advances, the book offers lively, compelling portraits of the men and women who made discoveries whose legacies resound today. Holmes paints both the big picture of such discoveries and the smaller details that engaged reviewers, from the scientists' intellectual backgrounds to their personal relationships. Despite Holmes's unbridled enthusiasm for the beauty rather than the terror behind the science, he doesn't neglect to discuss scientists' challenges, confusions, and failures -- as well as the questions they raised about religion, spirituality, mortality, and the future of the universe. Far more than a heavy scientific tome, Age of Wonder is a timely, fascinating guide to many of today's lingering controversies."

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