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  • An Entertainment for Angelsby Patricia Fara

    Icon Books 2009; US$ 10.19

    Electricity was the scientific fashion of the Enlightenment, 'an Entertainment for Angels, rather than for Men'. By demonstrating their control of the natural world, Enlightenment philosophers hoped to gain authority over society. And their stunning electrical performances provided dramatic evidence of their special powers.  Using contemporary illustrations,... more...

  • Sex, Botany and Empireby Patricia Fara

    Icon Books 2003; US$ 11.95

    Eighteenth century botany, starring Cook, Banks, and Linnaeus, was sexy, dangerous, and big business, and Fara reveals the existence, barely concealed under the camouflage of noble enlightenment, of the more seedy drives to conquer, subdue and deflower in the name of the British Empire. more...

  • Pandora's Breechesby Patricia Fara

    Random House 2011; US$ 21.79

    'Had God intended Women merely as a finer sort of cattle, he would not have made them reasonable.' Writing in 1673, Bathsua Makin was one of the first women to insist that girls should receive a scientific education. Despite the efforts of Makin and her successors, women were excluded from universities until the end of the nineteenth century, yet... more...

  • Newton: The Making of Geniusby Patricia Fara

    Pan Macmillan UK 2010; US$ 15.45

    A historian, about to complete a book on Isaac Newton, rents a cottage in Ireland. His intention is to put the finishing touches to his manuscript. However, as the summer wears on, he becomes obsessed by his writing. By the author of 'The Book of Evidence', shortlisted for the Booker Prize. more...

  • Scienceby Patricia Fara

    Oxford University Press 2009; US$ 26.99

    Science: A Four Thousand Year History rewrites science's past. Instead of focussing on difficult experiments and abstract theories, Patricia Fara shows how science has always belonged to the practical world of war, politics, and business. Rather than glorifying scientists as idealized heroes, she tells true stories about real people - men (and... more...

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