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Antoine Lavoisier

Antoine Lavoisier
Science, Administration and Revolution


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  • Author: Arthur Donovan, United States Merchant Marine Academy, New York
  • Date Published: April 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521566728

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  • This biography represents a comprehensive, accessible account of the great eighteenth-century French chemist and administrator, Antoine Lavoisier. Historians of science know Lavoisier as a founder of modern chemistry. Students of the French Revolution know him as an important financier and administrator in the final decades of the old regime and as the most famous scientist to be guillotined during the Terror. This volume devotes equal attention to the creation of his oxygen theory of combustion and to his efforts as a public administrator before and during the Revolution. Lavoisier was an historical figure of extraordinary importance. His biography illuminates the rise of modern science and the history of the French Revolution. Antoine Lavoisier provides its reader with a vivid, informed image of the man, his achievement, and the tumultuous age in which he lived.

    • Covers both Lavoisier's scientific and administrative career
    • Illuminates both the rise of modern science and the French Revolution
    • Gives an idea of the public reaction to his theories
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    'A vivid impression of experiments in progress is recorded in excellent engravings by Lavoisier's wife Marie Anne Paulze …'. Andrew Prentice, Biologist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521566728
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 153 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    General editor's preface
    Part I. Ambition and Public Service:
    1. The barristers of Paris
    2. The republic of science
    3. Experimental physics
    4. The chemistry of salts
    5. The company of tax farmers
    Part II. Consolidation and Contestation:
    6. A new theory of combustion
    7. The campaign for French chemistry
    8. Gunpowder and agriculture. 9. Mesmerism and public opinion
    Part III. Revolutionary Politics:
    10. Representation, legislation and finance
    11. The republic of virtue

  • Author

    Arthur Donovan, United States Merchant Marine Academy, New York

    Preface by

    David Knight

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