The renaissance and its enormous output of art, writing, and inquiry, inevitably led to the Age of Enlightenment. The discovery that the world was round and not flat, that the earth was not the center of the universe and the radical shift in religious beliefs because of the reformation lead to an age of questioning the church's beliefs and teachings. Reason and rational thought were its ideals. What is truth? Can it be studied, measured, poked & prodded — can it be revealed through thinking, study, dissection, measurement, rather than scripture and a high priest? It was the mathematician, the philosopher and the printing press that drove this movement.
A botanist gets a divorce and travels the world1647-1717
Friend of the birds1785-1851
Of Love and Mushrooms1796-1863
Electric blue: the first photographic book1799-1871
The art of seeing1809-1882
The inventor of the steam hammer maps the moon1808-1890
The beautiful weirdness of nature1834-1919