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Lavoisier in the Year One: The Birth of a New Science in an Age of Revolution

By: Madison Smartt Bell

214 pages, 8 illus

W.W. Norton & Co.

Paperback | Jul 2006 | #161059 | ISBN: 0393328546
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Hardback | Jun 2005 | #166477 | ISBN: 0393051552
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Antoine Lavoisier reinvented chemistry, overthrowing the long-established principles of alchemy and inventing a new terminology. Madison Smartt Bell's enthralling narrative reads like a race, as the circumstances that enabled Lavoisier to secure his reputation - a considerable fortune and social connections - also caused his glory to be cut short by the French Revolution.

Bell succeeds, not only in depicting the rigorousness of Lavoisier's method, but also in conveying a sense of his character, as revealed most affectingly by the quietly heroic composure with which he faced his own death. Los Angeles Times Book Review "A two-part thriller. The first describes Lavoisier's successful effort to win the race to explain how chemical processes work; the second, his pursuit by French revolutionaries." The New York Times Book Review"

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MADISON SMARTT BELL teaches at Goucher College and is the author of twelve novels, his most recent being The Stone That the Builder Refused.

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