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Lavoisier in the Year One

The Birth of a New Science in an Age of Revolution

Madison Smartt Bell (Goucher College)

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28 July 2006
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.
By:   Madison Smartt Bell (Goucher College)
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 137mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   202g
ISBN:   9780393328547
ISBN 10:   0393328546
Series:   Great Discoveries
Publication Date:   28 July 2006
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Lavoisier in the Year One: The Birth of a New Science in an Age of Revolution

A two-part thriller. The first describes Lavoisier's successful effort to win the race to explain how chemical processes work; the second, his pursuit by French revolutionaries. -- Jacob Heilbrunn Bell succeeds, not only in depicting the rigorousness of Lavoisier's method, but also in conveying a sense of his character, as revealed most affectingly by the quietly heroic composure with which he faced his own death. -- Merle Rubin

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