Lavoisier in the Year One: The Birth of a New Science in an Age of Revolution (Great Discoveries)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Dec 6, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages

"Fresh…solid…full of suspense and intrigue." —Publishers Weekly

Antoine Lavoisier reinvented chemistry, overthrowing the long-established principles of alchemy and inventing an entirely new terminology, one still in use by chemists. Madison Smartt Bell’s enthralling narrative reads like a race to the finish line, as the very circumstances that enabled Lavoisier to secure his reputation as the father of modern chemistry—a considerable fortune and social connections with the likes of Benjamin Franklin—also caused his glory to be cut short by the French Revolution.


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A pretty basic overview of Lavoisier's scientific accomplishments, placing him in proper context. Like others in this series this book may just not offer enough space for a complete look. Bell's ... Read full review

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There is supposedly a Chinese curse, "May he live in interesting times". While the origin of this phrase is apparently not really in China, it certainly applies to the life of one of the first modern ... Read full review


Out of Alchemy
Le principe oxygine
The Chemical Revolution
The End of the Year
Notes for Further Reading
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About the author (2010)

Madison Smartt Bell is the author of seventeen novels, his most recent being Behind the Moon. He teaches at Goucher College and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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