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Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes appears in the following:

Pass the Science

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Richard Holmes went to Cambridge University intending to study the lives of poets. Until a dueling mathematician, and a dinner conversation composed entirely of gestures, changed his mind.

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The Age of Wonder

Friday, May 21, 2010

In his book, The Age of Wonder, Richard Holmes describes the major breakthroughs in astronomy, anthropology, and physics in late 18th and early 19th century Britain. Holmes calls the era an "age of romantic science" - when the poets and scientists inspired each other's work.

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Bonus Track: More From Holmes

Friday, May 21, 2010

Holmes talks about Humphrey Davy's experiments with nitrous oxide, a.k.a. "laughing gas," and its effects on Samuel Coleridge and Mark Roget.

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The Age of Wonder

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Richard Holmes tells the history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the 18th century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science. In The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, he looks at the ...

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