Richard Holmes

We have heard much about the gap between artists and scientists and their inability to communicate with one another. This was not always the case. There is a marvellous book titled The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science. It was written by Richard Holmes who is arguably the preeminent biographer of this age. He has written biographies of Shelley, Coleridge, Samuel Johnson and austute books about the art of biography itself. How did he come to be able to write so well about the Romantics and the world of science. When he was a student he was one of the first students to go to Chuchill College at Cambridge University. It was a scientific college and Holmes rubbed elbows with nuclear physicists and astronomers. He not only read the Romantic poets but also tinkered with motorcyle engines and telescopes. As a result of his dual training he has been able to produce this beautiful book about the time when scientists and writers really talked to one another to the benefit of all of us.

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