Lavoisier and the Chemistry of Life: An Exploration of Scientific Creativity

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1985 - Philosophy - 565 pages
Drawing on Lavoisier's daily laboratory records, unpublished notes, and successive drafts of articles, Holmes explores the interaction between this creative scientist's theories and practice, the experimental problems he encountered and his response to them, the apparently intuitive understanding that guided his choice of experiments, and the gradual refinement of his hypotheses. This thorough and comprehensive exposition of Lavoisier's scientific style forms the basis for general reflections on the nature of creative scientific imagination that will interest historians of science and biology, philosophers of science, cognitive psychologists, and all who are intrigued by the drama of pioneering scientific discovery.
 

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Contents

Lavoisier in Midstream
41
The Emergence of a Theory of Respiration
63
Respiration and a General Theory of Combustion
91
Collaboration and a Move toward Plant Chemistry
129
Heat Water and Respiration
149
Lavoisier in the Plant Kingdom
261
Natures Operations
291
Language Organic Composition and Fermentation
316
Plant and Animal Chemistry in the New Chemical System
385
The Animal Economy
411
Lavoisiers Return to Respiration
440
Dissonant Echoes
469
Reflections on the Creativity of One Scientist
486
Notes
505
Index
553
Copyright

The Trouble with Sugar
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