The Invention of Air: An Experiment, a Journey, a New Country and the Amazing Force of Scientific Discovery
'Entertaining . . . clear-sighted and intelligent' New Yorker
'It fizzes' Financial Times
'Packed with excellent stuff' Russell Davies
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.
'Johnson paints Priestley not as a man of the past but precisely the sort of figure the world needs more than ever' New York Post
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gayla.bassham - LibraryThing
Wow. A very thoughtful look at a little-known British scientist/thinker at the end of the eighteenth century. I liked Johnson's approach to history, his thoughts about progress, and his linkage ... 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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Stephen T Johnson
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