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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
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  • Lavoisier in the Year One ISBN: 9780393328547 Paperback Jul 2006 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1-2 months
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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.

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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.
By: Madison Smartt Bell
214 pages, 8 illus
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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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