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A World on Fire

by Joe Jackson
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: 2007-02-27
Genre: Science
Pages: 432 pages
ISBN 13: 1440695970
ISBN 10: 9781440695971
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Synopsis : A World on Fire written by Joe Jackson, published by Penguin which was released on 2007-02-27. Download A World on Fire Books now! Available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. 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. -- 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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