In The Age of Wonder, Richard Holmes investigates the earliest ideas of deep time and space, and the explorers of "dynamic science," of an infinite, mysterious Nature waiting to be discovered. This age of exploration extended to great writers and poets as well as scientists, all creators relishing in moments of high exhilaration, boundary-pushing, and discovery.
Holmes shows how great ideas and experiments -- both successes and failures—were born of singular and often lonely dedication, and how religious faith and scientific truth collide.
Paul Holdengräber is the Director of LIVE from the NYPL.
Richard Holmes is the author of Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer, Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer; Dr. Johnson & Mr. Savage, Shelley: The Pursuit, Coleridge: Early Visions and Coleridge: Darker Reflections.
Richard Holmes, author of The Age of Wonder, introduces a narrative technique he dubs "the Titanic principle," which is based on the popular James Cameron film.
The computer-generated model of the Titanic sinking during the film's opening scene, says Holmes, sets up a narrative that solidifies the "human impact" of the disaster when it actually unfolds on screen.