Book is in good condition. A mess of a book with poor focus, repetition, and confusing jumps of chronology. Wren and his times - a lot of time and effort goes into explaining the world he was living in to explain the man himself. But she needs an editor. An interesting story, with much rich detail. He was born to a life of privilege that evaporated when Charles I was deposed and executed his father was a Knight of the Order of the Garter. Jardine, who teaches at Queen Mary College in the University of London and is the author of the well-received ''Ingenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific Revolution,'' describes Wren's scientific endeavors in exhaustive detail.
About half of it is direct, lengthy quotes from original sources, which I began to skip over quite early on. After four years of study at Oxford, Wren was elected a fellow of All Souls College at the unusually youthful age of 21. The dust jacket has some fading on the spine area. A version of this review appears in print on February 2, 2003, on Page 7007012 of the National edition with the headline: If Anybody Calls, Say I Am Designing St. He once constructed a transparent beehive for scientific observation, and made an exquisitely detailed model of the moon.
A versatile genius who could have pursued a number of brilliant careers with equal virtuosity, he was a mathematical prodigy, an accomplished astronomer, a skillful anatomist, and a founder of the Royal Society. About this Item: Harper, 2003. A mathematician, an astronomer, an anatomist, Sir Christopher Wren could have picked just about any way to leave his legacy—and he chose architecture, designing the famed Saint Paul's Cathedral, which still stands in London today. Pages still clean and tight in binding. I felt I never really got a great sense of what Wren accomplished.
Fortunately, much of the painstaking research which drives this biography is not painful to the reader. Thus, once Wren got the Big Job which included restoring 51 churches in the City damaged by the Great Fire their work was often indivisible. He directed his far-ranging intelligence to the study of meteorology, and fabricated a ''weather-clock'' that recorded temperature, humidity, rainfall and barometric pressure. I was surprised and delighted to find that one of the towers at St. All told, she has given us something rich and bold, and a biography that illuminates such a towering figure of a man. Eight years later Wren rose to the top post, and held it for more than 45 years, during which he and his assistants were responsible for such royal projects as the redesign of the palace at Hampton Court and the military hospitals at Chelsea and Greenwich, as well as for overseeing the reconstruction of many public buildings in London after the Great Fire of 1666, including 51 parish churches and a new St.
This lack is amplified by a surfeit of information about peripheral subjects and individuals; this is a book in which, metaphorically speaking, the footnotes have footnotes. It's not unusual that shipping could take 2 -3 weeks and cost could be multiple of a domestic shipping charge. Make sure to check store review for seller's reputation when available. This site also provides many book links to some major bookstores for book details and book coupons. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. I did not finish her epilogue, where she tied every thing together.
Make sure to check store review for seller's reputation if possible. Whether he was making a model of the moon, building a telescope or laying out the plan of a church, he was exercising his knowledge of the classics, his wide scholarship and his invention. Also many book marketplaces put books for sale from small bookstores and individual sellers. Thus We get Variant Spelings, Ye Obsolete Usages, Crptk Abrviatns, and Excessive Capitalization. It is the work of a great architect. Wren and his family had various associations with it, but I see no particular reason to give it the attention the book does.
My true rating would be 2. . Wren was a High Anglican royalist -- his father was dean at Windsor Castle and his uncle bishop of Ely -- and he retreated to the political safety of science and academic studies. Paul's is a pragmatic blend of a Gothic nave complete with concealed flying buttresses , a classical exterior and a Baroque dome. After four years there he received a prestigious post at Oxford, where he became the Savilian professor of astronomy. Text On the afternoon of 10 January 1642, King Charles I left his Palace at Whitehall in London without warning, accompanied by his wife, Queen Henrietta Maria, his eldest son, the twelve-year-old heir to the throne, Charles, Prince of Wales, and his daughter Princess Mary who had been married to William, Prince of Orange the previous year, but who, at barely ten, was too young permanently to join the household of her new Dutch husband. We are continually improving the quality of our text archives.
First Edition stated , First Printing. Although Jardine refers to the work of recent architectural historians like Kerry Downes and Margaret Whinney, she does not summarize their views of Wren, and is content with only fragmentary descriptions of Wren's buildings. Jardine frequently recounts the lives of Wren's contemporaries and collaborators, which is effective in establishing that he was by nature an ideal partner rather than a lone genius, but she does so at what feels like excessive and intrusive length within the body of the text. Wren grew up in turbulent times. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. But be sure not just jump into any bookstore site to buy.
Through the prism of Wren's tumultuous life and brilliant intellect, historian Lisa Jardine unfolds the vibrant, extraordinary emerging new world of late-seventeenth-century science and ideas. As surveyor general, he was responsible for, in effect, a large architectural office he was also a skilled manager and oversaw numerous projects. It also was oddly repetitive: how many times did I need to read that he was important in the Order of the Garter? Before that, becoming an architect did not mean mastering a discipline but attaining a position. Next the author has a penchant for quoting long excerpts from period documents in the original language. It got quite confusing, although this became less of an issue in the last third of the book. Wren began his architectural career at 29. Wren and Boyle, along with Wilkins, Willis, Wallis, Bathurst, and others, had been meeting regularly at Oxford for at least 5 yr before that gathering on November 28, 1660.
Jardine appears uncomfortable with architectural criticism, and does not differentiate, for instance, between the Sheldonian Theater at Oxford, which includes a technically ingenious roof structure but is otherwise a pedestrian design, and Trinity College Library at Cambridge, one of Wren's most elegant buildings. Why, by being so fearfully clever that he turned the mind that had made him Savilian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford look it up to questions of structure and aesthetics. Get up to 90% off list price! An astonishing range of interests, yet his scientific career doesn't quite fulfill the promise of his golden youth; there is no Wren's law, nor any great scientific treatise. Through the prism of Wren's tumultuous life and brilliant intellect, historian Lisa Jardine unfolds the vibrant, extraordinary emerging new world of late-seventeenth-century science and ideas. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request.