Antoine Lavoisier: Founder of Modern Chemistry

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Antoine Lavoisier used experiments and careful measurements to create a system to help chemists understand how matter behaved. His experiments on combustion showed that oxygen played a key part in the burning process. Lavoisier shared his ideas with many of the other great scientists of his day, including Benjamin Franklin. In this biography, you will learn why Antoine Lavoisier is remembered as the founder of modern chemistry.

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Overview

Antoine Lavoisier used experiments and careful measurements to create a system to help chemists understand how matter behaved. His experiments on combustion showed that oxygen played a key part in the burning process. Lavoisier shared his ideas with many of the other great scientists of his day, including Benjamin Franklin. In this biography, you will learn why Antoine Lavoisier is remembered as the founder of modern chemistry.

Profiles the life of the Frenchman who is considered the founder of modern chemistry and biochemistry, because of his discovery of oxygen and his work on combustion and respiration.

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Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
The "Great Minds of Science" series provides about 100 pages of biographical information, followed by several activities that children can do to further understand the discoveries made by these individuals. Black and white illustrations of the scientists, their inventions/discoveries, laboratories, peers, and publications are presented. The text is clear and easy to understand; the pages contain lots of white space. Lavosier is presented as a young man with many substantial accomplishments, including being credited as the person who developed the scientific method. Alas, he was a victim of the violent times of the French Revolution. The activities presented at the end of the book need larger safety warnings of "adult supervision required." Chronology, bibliography, glossary and index.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766018655
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Series: Great Minds of Science Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Recipes for Revolution     5
Set for Success     10
Fire and Air     22
Down with Phlogiston     38
Science for the People     49
A Revolution in Chemistry     62
A Deadlier Revolution     70
"Only a Moment..."     84
Founder of Modern Chemistry     97
Afterword: Very Small Chemistry     104
Activities     111
Chronology     115
Chapter Notes     117
Glossary     121
Further Reading and Internet Addresses     126
Index     127
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