“If you have not read Herschel in Lardners –read it directly.“—Charles Darwin
“Lardner’s Museum of Science and Art is the best book I have ever read”—explorer William John Wills
“It is to Lardner’s Railway Economy that I am principally indebted”—economist William Stanley Jevons
“I myself should have nothing to do with him’. —Charles Dickens
On Villain of Steam:
“It is astonishing to realise that this wonderful book is the first ever biography of Dionysius Lardner, whose scientific and cultural publications helped transform Victorian society as radically as the advent of Wikipedia transformed the lives of our generation.
It is written throughout with a true affection for ‘the hero’, and more importantly, with an appreciation of the astonishing social and scientific/technological importance of the man. In her writing A L Martin bravely confronts, in an honest fashion. all the facets of Lardner who is a true conundrum.”
—Norman McMillan, Chairman, An Coiste Náisiúnta um Plaiceanna Cuimhneacháin Eolaíochta agus Teicneolaíochta / National Committee for Commemorative Plaques in Science and Technology.
“Strap yourself in and set the dial for nineteenth century Dublin” – Iggy McGovern, Doing the Locomotion, Dublin Review of Books.