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Lavoisier in the Year One: the Birth of a New Science in An Age of Revolution by Madison Smartt Bell

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A literate and lucid account of the eighteenth century's great race to understand the elements—and found a modern science. '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. 8 illustrations. This 2006 W W Norton & Co Ltd Paperback is in Near Mint condition.

ISBN: 9780393328547 SKU: 1322871 Note: Any image shown is from a stock photo and is not the actual book.