a subtle and delightful tale of a scientific pioneer one is glad to know.”

– Hugh Aldersey-Williams, The Independent

[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.

– Fiona Hook, The Times


– David Ulin, Newsday

an unusual book both in style and substance … evocative.

– Robert Bud, Times Literary Supplement

this untold story of a great visionary develops into a moving tale of science, history and human endeavour.

– John Weller, Hull Daily Mail

The unbreakable utopian spirit that drove Monturiol is definitely worth remembering, and this excellent biography should help to place him on a wider map.

– David Archibald, Scotland on Sunday

a fascinating and utterly delightful scientific history.

– Joe Gordon, The Alien Online

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.

– Mick Herron, Geographical

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.

– Roger Bridgeman, Physics World