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Richard Holmes's 'The Age of Wonder' - evening lecture and book launch

Event

October
072008

18:00 - 19:30

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

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Angela Sasse

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Richard Holmes, one of Britain's best-known biographers, charts the birth of modern science in the late 18th and early 19th centuries through the lives of three pairs of scientists in his latest book. The Age of Wonder has been inspired by the scientific ferment that swept through Britain at the end of the eighteenth century, and which Holmes now radically redefines as 'the  revolution of Romantic Science'.

The book opens with young Joseph Banks, botanist on Captain Cook's first Endeavour voyage, stepping down onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, hoping to discover Paradise. Many other voyages of discovery swiftly follow, while Banks, now President of the Royal Society in London, becomes our narrative guide to what truly emerges as an Age of Wonder.

The lecture is now fully booked.

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Richard Holmes's 'The Age of Wonder' - evening lecture and book launch The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK