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
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“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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Antoine Lavoisier is often credited as the founder of modern chemistry. Born into a French middle-class family in 1742, formally educated in law, but intensely interested in science, he held several ... Read full review

Contents

Out of Alchemy
34
Le principe oxygine
63
The Chemical Revolution
119
The End of the Year
151
Notes for Further Reading
187
Illustration Credits
199
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About the author (2010)

Madison Smartt Bell is the author of twelve novels, his most recent being The Stone That the Builder Refused. He teaches at Goucher College and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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