Most Fascinating Book of the Year

In the 8/3 issue of Time magazine, Lev Grossman calls Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes, the “most flat-out fascinating book so far this year” and,

You wouldn’t get that from its title, which sounds like a tender coming-of-age novel, nor from its subtitle —How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science — which sounds like a course you napped through in college. But Holmes’ account of experimental science at the end of the 1700s — when amateurs could still make major discoveries, when one new data point could overthrow a worldview — is beyond riveting. Science was like punk rock: if you had a basement, some free time and some hubris, you could do it.

Large libraries are showing heavy holds on light ordering (27 on 2 copies in one instance).

It’s also been admiringly reviewed in the NY Times, the NYT Book Review, and the Wall Street Journal.

The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
Richard Holmes
Retail Price: $40.00
Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Pantheon – (2009-07-14)
ISBN / EAN: 0375422226 / 9780375422225

One Response to “Most Fascinating Book of the Year”

  1. Kami Garcia Says:

    I love the ‘punk rockers’ metaphore. This does look fascinating!