The Lunar Men

The time: The early 1700s
The place: England, at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

In this book, Jenny Uglow details the lives of the group of men - industrialists, scientists, doctors, and others - who made up the “Lunar Society of Birmingham“.

Some of them you've may have heard of - James Watt, Joseph Priestly, Erasmus Darwin. For others, such as Josiah Wedgewood, you may know the name from something else .

And other you've probably never heard of.

This is a pretty good book. It's interesting, for example, to find out about the amount of chemistry that is required in pottery making to get the right result.

It would be a better book, however, if it were around 300 pages rather than 500 page in length. There's a lot of detail there, and while I appreciate a desire for historical accuracy, after 400 pages I lost interest and moved on.

Comments (7)

  1. Josh Gallagher says:

    I finished this a little while back, and I quite enjoyed it. I think I had a little more determination to finish it. With the last 100 pages mainly devoted to everyone dying, they were a little sad! Erasmus Darwin sounds like he was far more entertaining than his more famous grandson, Charles.

    I’d recommend having a look at "The Map That Changed the World" (early 1800s start of modern geology and the story of a very unlucky man), "Dinosaur Hunters" (early to mid 1800s search for fossils and backstabbing scientists in England) and "Keys of Egypt" (French early 1800s deciphering hieroglyphs in the midst of revolution, and battling an Englishman). All are a little more compelling than the Lunar men.

  2. MBA says:

    Helpful For MBA Fans.

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