The Lunar Men

The Lunar Men

Five Friends Whose Curiousity Changed the World

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Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the friendships of Matthew Boulton, James Watt, Josiah Wedgwood, Erasmus Darwin, and Joseph Priestly, whose ideas and experiments launched the Industrial Revolution.

Book News
Uglow paints a group portrait of five of the leading members of England's 18th-century Lunar Society. The richly illustrated volume focuses on the projects and discoveries that resulted from the collaboration of manufacturer Matthew Boulton; physician, poet, and biological theorist Erasmus Darwin; inventor James Watt; potter Josiah Wedgwood; and preacher and chemist Joseph Priestly. Uglow is Honorary Visiting Professor at the U. of Warwick. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Holtzbrinck
From the celebrated author of Hogarth--An animated, swarming group portrait of the friends who launched the Industrial Revolution

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 full moon) and kick-started the Industrial Revolution. Blending science, art, and commerce, the Lunar Men built canals; launched balloons; named plants, gases, and minerals; changed the face of England and the china in its drawing rooms; and plotted to revolutionize its soul.

Uglow's vivid, exhilarating account uncovers the friendships, political passions, love affairs, and love of knowledge (and power) that drove these extraordinary men. It echoes to the thud of pistons and the wheeze and snort of engines and brings to life the tradesmen, artisans, and tycoons who shaped and fired the modern age.


Blackwell North Amer
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; and the larger-than-life Erasmus Darwin, physician, poet, inventor, and theorist of evolution (a forerunner of his grandson Charles). Later came Joseph Priestly, discover of oxygen and fighting radical.
With a small band of allies - the chemist James Keir, the doctors William Small and William Withering (the man who put digitalis on the medical map), and two wild young followers of Rousseau, Richard Lovell Edgeworth and Thomas Day - they formed the Lunar Society of Birmingham, so called because it met at each full moon, and kick-started the Industrial Revolution. Blending science, art, and commerce, the Lunar Men built canals; launched balloons; named plants, gases, and minerals; changed the face of England and the china in its drawing rooms; and plotted to revolutionize its soul.

Baker
& Taylor

Chronicles the friendships of Matthew Boulton, James, Watt, Josiah Wedgwood, Erasmus Darwin, and Joseph Priestly, whose ideas and experiments launched the Industrial Revolution. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2002
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374194406
0374194408
Branch Call Number: 920 UGL
Characteristics: xx, 588 p. : ill. (some col.), 1 map ; 25 cm

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