Patricia Fara is a Senior Tutor at Clare College at the University of Cambridge, where she teaches history of science. She is also the author of Newton: The Making of Genius (Macmillan, 2002) and Sex, Botany and Empire (Icon, 2003).
'Vividly captures the ferment created by the new science of the
Enlightenment... Fara deftly shows how new knowledge emerged from a
rich mix of improved technology, medical quackery, Continental
theorising, religious doubt and scientific rivalry.' -- New
'Neat and stylish... Fara's account of Benjamin Franklin's circle of friends and colleagues brings them squabbling, eureka-ing to life.' -- Guardian
'Combines telling anecdote with wise commentary... presents us with numerous tasty and well-presented historical morsels' -- Times Higher Education Supplement