The Invention of Air: An experiment, a journey, a new country and the amazing force of scientific discovery
In 1794, Joseph Priestley - amateur scientist, ordained minister and radical thinker - set sail for America to escape persecution. Stephen Johnson tells his incredible story: the discovery of oxygen, the invention of a science, the founding of a church, and, with the great minds of his time, the development of the United States itself. But Priestley's revolutionary ideas put him in terrible danger.
Johnson uses the progress of Priestley and his colleagues not merely to describe the wonder of discovery, but to show us how we have come to understand the world, how far we have travelled with the power of human enquiry - and how one man's curiosity can help build an entire country.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Sundevyl - LibraryThing
Well-written and concise biography of Jacob Priestly. I also learned a lot about his good friend Benjamin Franklin while reading of Jacob's life. I had not realized that Priestly's work was the ... Read full review
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Coffee as a motivating force in The Enlightenment? How can I not rave about this book? Never mind that Joseph Priestley was this amazing indivdual, amateur chemist making wildly important discoveries ... Read full review
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