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A World on Fire: A Heretic, An Aristocrat, and the Race to Discover Oxygen

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Like Charles Seifes Zero and Dava Sobels Longitude, this passionate intellectual history is the story of the intersection of science and the human, in this case the rivals who discovered oxygen in the late 1700s. That breakthrough changed the world as radically as those of Newton and Darwin but was at first eclipsed by revolution and reaction. In chronicling the triumph and ruin of the English freethinker Joseph Priestley and the French nobleman Antoine Lavoisierthe former exiled, the latter executed on the guillotine A World on Fire illustrates the perilous place of science in an age of unreason.

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Like Charles Seifeand#146;s Zero and Dava Sobeland#146;s Longitude, this passionate intellectual history is the story of the intersection of science and the human, in this case the rivals who discovered oxygen in the late 1700s. That breakthrough changed the world as radically as those of Newton and Darwin but was at first eclipsed by revolution and reaction. In chronicling the triumph and ruin of the English freethinker Joseph Priestley and the French nobleman Antoine Lavoisierand#151;the former exiled, the latter executed on the guillotineand#151;A World on Fire illustrates the perilous place of science in an age of unreason.

Synopsis:

This gripping account of a key tipping point in the history of science is set against the upheavals of a revolutionary age. 8-page photo insert.

About the Author

Joe JacksonLeavenworth Train, a finalist for the 2002 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime. He worked for twelve years as an investigative reporter for the Virginia Pilot.

Table of Contents

A World On Fire Prologue: God in the Air

Part I: Problem

1. The Cloth-Dresser's Son

2. The Sums and Receipts of Parallel Worlds

3. The Gas in the Beer

4. The Prodigy

5. The Goodness of Air

6. The Problem of Burning

Part II: Solution

7. The Sentimental Journey

8. The Mouse in the Jar

9. The Twelve Days

10. The Language of War

11. "King Mob"

12. The World Out of Joint

13. The New World

Epilogue: The Burning World

Dramatis Personae

Chronology

Glossary of Chemical, Historical, and Scientific Terms

Notes

Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143038832
Author:
Jackson, Joe
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
History
Subject:
Chemistry - Inorganic
Subject:
Discoveries in science
Subject:
Oxygen
Subject:
History of Science-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
March 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-page b/w illustrations insert
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.44x5.54x1.00 in. .88 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Like Charles Seifeand#146;s Zero and Dava Sobeland#146;s Longitude, this passionate intellectual history is the story of the intersection of science and the human, in this case the rivals who discovered oxygen in the late 1700s. That breakthrough changed the world as radically as those of Newton and Darwin but was at first eclipsed by revolution and reaction. In chronicling the triumph and ruin of the English freethinker Joseph Priestley and the French nobleman Antoine Lavoisierand#151;the former exiled, the latter executed on the guillotineand#151;A World on Fire illustrates the perilous place of science in an age of unreason.

"Synopsis" by , This gripping account of a key tipping point in the history of science is set against the upheavals of a revolutionary age. 8-page photo insert.
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