Desmond King-Hele, Ed., 2002, Cambridge University Press, New York, 172 p. (Hardcover, US $25.00) ISBN: 0-521-81526-6.

Erasmus Darwin, Charles Darwin's grandfather, was a polymath in the truest sense of that horribly overused word. With Josiah Wedgwood, he founded a group of like-minded natural philosophers who met monthly in Birmingham on the Monday closest to the full moon to exchange information on new inventions, natural philosophy and politics. Along with inventors James Watt and Matthew Bolton and chemist Joseph Priestley, Darwin and Wedgwood formed the nucleus of this incredible group. Jenny Uglow's (2002)The Lunar Men provides a masterful account of...

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