Cambridge Science Biographies: Antoine Lavoisier: Science, Administration and Revolution (Paperback)
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Cambridge Science Biographies: Antoine Lavoisier: Science, Administration and Revolution (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 11/04/1996
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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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521566728
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 227 x 153 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'A vivid impression of experiments in progress is recorded in excellent engravings by Lavoisier's wife Marie Anne Paulze ...'. Andrew Prentice, Biologist
"...a much needed synthesis of recent work focused on Lavoisier and the Chemical Revolution. Donovan's account is authoritative, splendidly written, and now the definitive introduction in English to the dramatic life and work of the father of modern chemistry...should be accessible to the non-specialist and can stand as a reliable first pass through the intricacies of the Chemical Revolution." James E. McClellan, III, American Historical Review
"...provides an elegantly written synopsis of the existing scholarship on Lavoisier and on 18th century France and its sciences...surely offers the most comprehensive and accessible account of the self-acclaimed founder of the Chemical Revolution." Richard L. Kremer, Science
"...a comprehensive but accessible account of the life and career of the leader of the eighteenth-century chemical revolution from his birth on August 26, 1743, to his untimely death on the guillotine as one of the Reign of Terror's most famous victims on May 8, 1794." George B. Kauffman, The Chemical Intelligencer

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