Shelley and science

  title={Shelley and science},
  author={D. G. King-hele},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London},
  pages={253 - 265}
  • D. King-hele
  • Published 1 July 1992
  • History
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London
Percy Bysshe Shelley was born 200 years ago, on 4 August 1792, and was drowned near Viareggio in Italy a month before his 30th birthday, on 8 July 1822. From his schooldays onwards he was fascinated by science, and his poetry is much enriched by the infusion of scientific imagery.1 Shelley was the eldest son of a dull country squire and Whig Member of Parliament, Timothy Shelley of Field Place near Horsham, Sussex. Sent to Eton College when he was 12 years old, Shelley rebelled against the… 

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