Thursday, September 11, 2014

Middle Sister's August/September Read

Yes, it was just one book, but what a book it was. Fantastic! If you like nonfiction, science, and history, I wholeheartedly recommend The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes. I belong to a special interest group in my discipline's professional organization that focuses on the historical development of that science and the interplay of contemporary mores with the development of individual scientists' careers, backgrounds, and scientific approaches. Mr. Holmes does this for the nascent sciences of astronomy and chemistry, with some geology and biology thrown in for good measure. After all, the early scientists were polymaths, with interests ranging as far as poetry (of which there is also a goodly amount of discussion) and fiction. I am eager to read Frankenstein now after the fascinating discussion in this book. And I learned where and how the term 'scientist' came into use. Five gold stars, an A+, two thumbs up--whatever rating system you use, this book earns all superlatives.

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