The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World Jenny Uglow

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The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World  by  Jenny Uglow

The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World by Jenny Uglow
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In the late 1700s, five gifted inventors and amateur scholars in Birmingham, England, came together for what one of them, Erasmus Darwin, called a little philosophical laughing. They also helped kick-start the industrial revolution, as Jenny UglowMoreIn the late 1700s, five gifted inventors and amateur scholars in Birmingham, England, came together for what one of them, Erasmus Darwin, called a little philosophical laughing.

They also helped kick-start the industrial revolution, as Jenny Uglow relates in the lively The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World. Their Lunar Society included Joseph Priestley, the chemist who isolated oxygen- James Watt, the Scottish inventor of the steam engine- and Josiah Wedgwood, whose manufacture of pottery created the industrial model for the next century. Joined by other toymakers and scholarly tinkerers, they concocted schemes for building great canals and harnessing the power of electricity, coined words such as hydrogen and iridescent, shared theories and bank accounts, fended off embezzlers and industrial spies, and forged a fine democracy of knowledge.

And they had a fine time doing so, proving that scholars need not be dullards or eccentrics asocial. Uglows spirited look at this group of remarkable lunaticks captures a critical, short-lived moment of early modern history. Readers who share their conviction that knowledge brings power will find this book a rewarding adventure. --Gregory McNamee



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