a subtle and delightful tale of a scientific pioneer one is glad to know.”
[Stewart] commands rapt attention because he knows his stuff … his passion for his subject and his cheerfully colloquial style gather you up and bowl you along.
an unusual book both in style and substance … evocative.
this untold story of a great visionary develops into a moving tale of science, history and human endeavour.
The unbreakable utopian spirit that drove Monturiol is definitely worth remembering, and this excellent biography should help to place him on a wider map.
a fascinating and utterly delightful scientific history.
If [Monturiol] enjoyed no other reward, his legacy as one of history’s originals is justly honored here. Matthew Stewart tells his story with style and wit.
This is a gripping tale. Boys’ stuff, undoubtedly, but boys’ stuff with a conscience … The story romps along at a cracking pace. … What really makes Matthew Stewart’s biography … worth reading is the light it throws on the true motivation of engineers and scientists of every period.