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Erasmus Darwin

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Description for Erasmus Darwin Paperback. Erasmus Darwin is now recognized by many as one of the most extraordinary figures of the 18th century - a many-sided genius, almost as prolific in invention as Leonardo and whose insights are still moulding the 20th century. This volume documents his life, works and influence. Num Pages: 448 pages, 55 b&w illustrations. BIC Classification: BGH; PD; PS. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (P) Professional & Vocational; (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly; (UU) Undergraduate. Dimension: 234 x 159 x 32. Weight in Grams: 700.
It has been said of Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802) that no one from his day to ours has ever rivalled him in his achievements in such a wide range of fields. He was a far-sighted scientific genius, fertile in theory and invention, and one of the foremost physicians of his time. His gift for friendship enabled him to recruit the members of the Lunar Society of Birmingham which is often seen as the main intellectual powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution in England. He was especially close to Franklin, Wedgwood, Boulton and Watt. Towards the end of his life he gained recognition ... Read more

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About Desmond King-Hele
Desmond King-Hele, who is the leading authority on Erasmus Darwin having studied his life and work for three decades, is a mathematician and physicist who is an expert on space research by satellite and in particular on the Earth's gravity field and the upper atmosphere, and worked for many years at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough. He is ... Read more

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"W.F. Bynum in Nature: 'To most people who have heard of him, Erasmus Darwin was a successful doctor, bad poet and, most significantly, the grandfather of Charles Darwin. In this astonishing book, Desmond King-Hele seeks to reverse the judgement and argue that Charles should rather be remembered as Erasmus's grandson...[that] Erasmus was much the brighter spark, a genius of rare ... Read more

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