On the finish of the eighteenth century, scientists for the 1st time established what medieval and renaissance alchemists had lengthy suspected; ice isn't useless yet very important, a crystalline revelation of energetic powers. Studied in esoteric and exoterical representations of frozen phenomena, numerous Romantic figures - together with Coleridge and Poe, Percy and Mary Shelley, Emerson and Thoreau - challenged conventional notions of ice as waste and as a substitute celebrated crystals, glaciers, and the poles as particular disclosures of a holistic precept of being. The religious historical past of Ice explores this ecology of frozen shapes in attention-grabbing element, revealing not just a overlooked present of the Romantic age but additionally a mystery historical past and psychology of ice.
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