Age of Wonder gems: 2. Mungo Park in Africa

The next gem from Richard Holmes' epic Age of Wonder (after post on Tuesday). Mungo Park was an unusual figure who was sponsored by Joseph Banks and the Royal Society to explore the unknown parts of central Africa - a scottish doctor,…

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Age of Wonder gems: 1. Surfing in Tahiti

As promised, here's the first of a handful of gems from Richard Holmes' epic Age of Wonder (after my (over)lengthy post on Tuesday). [This one's for Jem...] As mentioned in the previous post, one of the book's threads is Sir (as he…

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