October 11th, 2010
|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.
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.
Humphry Davy, discoverer of potassium, frequent breather of laughing gas
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.
Coleridge (who actually used to huff laughing gas with Humphry Davy)
and of course, Byron
HELLO THERE, JOSEPH BANKS.
Thank you for introducing us ;D
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.
I knew Michael Faraday was hot. I just couldn't find a picture to prove it. Thanks for sharing! :)