Lavoisier & The Chemistry Of Life

Paperback | December 15, 1987

byFrederic Lawrence Holmes

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Antoine Lavoisier, the author of the "chemical revolution," also did much to estabish the foundations for the fields of organic chemistry and biochemistry.

Here, Frederic Lawrence Holmes gives us an intimate portrait of Lavoisier's investigations, ranging over twenty years, from 1773 to 1792, on respiration, fermentation, and plant and animal matter. These studies, Holmes finds, were not simply belated applications of Lavoisier's established chemical theories, but intimately bound from the beginning to his more widely known research on combustion and calcination.

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'... Holmes book will profoundly affect historians' views of Lavoiser's methods and achievements, of the nature of the Chemical Revolution, and more broadly, of the methodologies appropriate to the history of science.' --Evan M. Melhado, 'Isis'

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Antoine Lavoisier, the author of the "chemical revolution," also did much to estabish the foundations for the fields of organic chemistry and biochemistry.Here, Frederic Lawrence Holmes gives us an intimate portrait of Lavoisier's investigations, ranging over twenty years, from 1773 to 1792, on respiration, fermentation, and plant ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1.3 inPublished:December 15, 1987Publisher:University Of Wisconsin Press

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ISBN - 10:0299099849

ISBN - 13:9780299099848

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'... Holmes book will profoundly affect historians' views of Lavoiser's methods and achievements, of the nature of the Chemical Revolution, and more broadly, of the methodologies appropriate to the history of science.' --Evan M. Melhado, 'Isis'

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"Holmes has succeeded in giving us a brilliant and exhaustive explication of Lavoisier's creative vision, his experimental strategies and theoretical constructs. This is reflected in his intimate knowledge of Lavoisier's laboratory notebooks and other documents, as well as his obvious familiarity with the large body of Lavoisier scholarship. In short, Holmes has made an important contribution to the history of science and biochemistry and to our understanding of scientific creativity." --Alex Berman, Journal of the History of Medicine