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

A Heretic, An Aristocrat and the Race to Discover Oxygen

Author: Joe Jackson  

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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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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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Like Charles Seife's "Zero" and Dava Sobel'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 Lavoisier—the 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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Critic Reviews

“This tale of eminent scientists victimized by political ideology is told with passion and a splendid attention to vivid detail. (Paul Johnson, author of Modern Times )”

An exhilarating narrative, sweeping us through great discoveries and international rivalries, yet strengthened by meticulous research and analysis. (Jenny Uglow, author of The Lunar Men) This tale of eminent scientists victimized by political ideology is told with passion and a splendid attention to vivid detail. (Paul Johnson, author of Modern Times)

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About the Author

Joe Jackson is the author of one novel and three nonfiction titles, including <I>Leavenworth Train</I>, which was a finalist for the 2002 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime. He worked for twelve years as an investigative reporter for the <I>Virginian-Pilot</I>, covering criminal justice and the states death row.

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Product Details

Publisher
Penguin Books | Penguin USA
Published
31st March 2007
Pages
414
ISBN
9780143038832
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