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Description - His Invention So Fertile by Adrian Tinniswood

Christopher Wren (1632-1723) was the greatest architect Britain has ever known. But he was mor than that. A founder of the Royal Society, he mapped the moon and the stars, investigated the problem of longitude and the rings of Saturn, and carried out groundbreaking experiments into the circulation of the blood. His observations on comets, meterology and muscular action made vital contributions to the developing ideas of Newton, Halley and Boyle. His Invention So Fertile presents the first complete picture of this towering genius- the Surveyor General of the King's Works, running the nation's biggest architectural office and wrestling with corruption and interference; the pioneering anatomist; the mathematician, devising new navigational instruments and lecturing on planetary motion. It also shows us the man behing the legend. Wren was married and widowed twice, he fathered a mentally handicapped child, quarrelled with his colleagues and fell foul of his employers. He scrambled over building sites and went to the theatre and drank in coffee houses. The book explores what it was like to be at Oxford during the Commonwealth, as a generation struggled to make sense of a societ

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780712673648
ISBN-10: 0712673644
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 154mm x 35mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Pimlico
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 2-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Adrian Tinniswood

Adrian Tinniswood was born in 1954. For many years he acted as consultant to the National Trust on educational matters. He has lectured extensively in Britain and America on English social and architectural history.

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