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The Lunar Men

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.

THE LUNAR MEN - The Friends Who Made The Future

By Jenny Uglow

Published 2002 by Faber and Faber

ISBN 978-0-571-21610-2