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behindthechalet
11:12 pm - in the name of science
SO I've been reading this book called "The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science," by Richard Holmes, about late 1700s/early 1800s science and Romanticism. And not only is it a good book, but there are some FINE looking gentlemen of science and letters in the photo sections. I had to share.

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Joseph Banks, Tahitian explorer and botanist. You can't quite tell but the full page portrait in the book has him looking very intense and five-o-clock shadowed.

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Humphry Davy, discoverer of potassium, frequent breather of laughing gas

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Mungo Park, Scottish explorer and the first Westerner to see the Niger River. he had a very dramatic death in Africa. :/



there are also our favorite Romantics, too, I know they're probably here frequently but I didn't want to leave anyone out.

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Coleridge (who actually used to huff laughing gas with Humphry Davy)

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Shelley

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Keats

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and of course, Byron

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From:sherlockiangirl
Date:October 12th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
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HELLO THERE, JOSEPH BANKS.

Thank you for introducing us ;D
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From:sophiedegrouchy
Date:October 12th, 2010 05:34 am (UTC)
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I adore that book! (And, thanks to it, may have passed out muttering about Davy when I was put under for wisdom tooth removal surgery this summer...)

His portrait isn't particularly flattering, but I fell more than a little bit in love with Holmes' description of Sydney Parkinson.
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From:mlledesade
Date:October 12th, 2010 12:00 pm (UTC)
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I knew Michael Faraday was hot. I just couldn't find a picture to prove it. Thanks for sharing! :)

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