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Informative and invigoration, generous and beguiling, it is, indeed, wonderful. A revelation. Instructive and delightful. Finely observed. Generous and hugely enjoyable. This beautifully crafted book deserves all the praise it will undoubtedly attract.

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Well-researched and vividly written, The Age of Wonder will fascinate scientists and poets alike. Read An Excerpt. Paperback —.


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Add to Cart. About The Age of Wonder The Age of Wonder is a colorful and utterly absorbing history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science. Also by Richard Holmes. See all books by Richard Holmes. FAQ Policy.

About this book This book explores and explains scientific mysteries and principles, leavened with tongue-in-cheek humor and an abundance of illustrations. Too many people have been soured on science by science teachers who have made simple concepts seem complex. This book is the antidote: all it requires is your curiosity. Advance praise for No Wonder You Wonder! Covering topics such as space, matter, and the energy within the universe, this book does an excellent job of clarifying these topics.

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    Cry because we cannot even begin to understand how beautiful it is, cry because we are terribly flawed as a species, cry because it all seems so shockingly improbable that maybe our existence could be nothing but a dreamscape — celestial elephants in rooms without walls. But then?

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    Surely, we can laugh. Laugh because being riddled head-to-toe with human emotions while trying to come to terms with just how indisputably tiny we are in the grand scheme of things, makes absolutely everything and everyone seem quite ridiculous, entirely farcical. We have heads?

    There are arguments about who is in charge here? The universe is expanding?

    We feel it necessary to keep secrets? It is tempting, then — and Sanders succumbs to the temptation in a most delicious way — to seek the existential in the scientific, even if the thread between the two is slender and human-made, rather than woven by this vast unfeeling universe in which we warm ourselves with wonder. Depending on where you look, what you touch, you are changing all the time. The carbon inside you, accounting for about 18 percent of your being, could have existed in any number of creatures or natural disasters before finding you.

    That particular atom residing somewhere above your left eyebrow?

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    It could well have been a smooth, riverbed pebble before deciding to call you home. You see, you are not so soft after all; you are rock and wave and the peeling bark of trees, you are ladybirds and the smell of a garden after the rain. When you put your best foot forward, you are taking the north side of a mountain with you.