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Lunar Men Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World

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ISBN-10: 0374528888

ISBN-13: 9780374528881

Edition: N/A

Authors: Jenny Uglow, Jenny Uglow

List price: $38.00
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In the 1760s a group of amateur experimenters met and made friends in the English Midlands. Most came from humble families, all lived far from the center of things, but they were young and their optimism was boundless: together they would change the world. Among them were the ambitious toymaker Matthew Boulton and his partner James Watt, of steam-engine fame; the potter Josiah Wedgwood; the larger-than-life Erasmus Darwin, physician, poet, inventor, and theorist of evolution (a forerunner of his grandson Charles). Later came Joseph Priestley, discoverer of oxygen and fighting radical. With a small band of allies they formed the Lunar Society of Birmingham (so called because it met at each…    
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Book details

List price: $38.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 10/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Jenny Uglow grew up in Cumbria and now lives in Canterbury. Her books include prize-winning biographies of Elizabeth Gaskell and William Hogarth. The Lunar Men, published in 2002, was described by Richard Holmes as 'an extraordinarily gripping account', while Nature's Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick, won the National Arts Writers Award for 2007 and A Gambling Man: Charles II and the Restoration was shortlisted for the 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize. Her most recent book, The Pinecone, tells the story of Romantic visionary Sarah Losh.