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John Hay

John Hay reviews 'The Age Of Wonder: How the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science' by Richard Holmes

December 2008–January 2009, no. 307 01 December 2008
Richard Holmes’s aim in this remarkable book is to set aside the notion that ‘Romanticism as a cultural force is generally regarded as intensely hostile to science, its ideal of subjectivity eternally opposed to that of scientific objectivity’, replacing it with the notion of wonder, uniting once mutually exclusive terms, so that ‘there is Romantic science in the same sense that th ... (read more)