Antoine Lavoisier: Science, Administration and Revolution by Arthur DonovanAntoine Lavoisier: Science, Administration and Revolution by Arthur Donovan

Antoine Lavoisier: Science, Administration and Revolution

byArthur DonovanPreface byDavid Knight

Paperback | May 31, 1996

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First published in 1993, this biography, first published in 1993, 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 a 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.
David Knight is a writer. He lives in Colorado.
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Title:Antoine Lavoisier: Science, Administration and RevolutionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:May 31, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052156672X

ISBN - 13:9780521566728

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; General editor's preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. Ambition and Public Service: 1743-1775: 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; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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This biography represents a comprehensive, accessible account of the great eighteenth-century French chemist and administrator, Antoine Lavoisier.

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"...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