Led by the larger-than-life Erasmus Darwin, the Lunar Society of Birmingham were
a group of eighteenth-century amateur experimenters who met monthly on the Monday
night nearest to the full moon. Echoing to the thud of pistons and the wheeze of
snorting engines, Jenny Uglow's vivid and swarming group portrait brings to life
the inventors, artisans and tycoons who shaped and fired the modern world.