Antoine Lavoisier: The Next Crucial Year: Or, The Sources of His Quantitative Method in Chemistry

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Through his development of quantitative experimental methods, the chemist Antoine Lavoisier (1743-1794) implemented a principle that many regard as the cornerstone of modern science: in every operation there is an equal quantity of material before and after the operation. The origin of Lavoisier's methods, however, has remained a missing piece in this remarkable episode of scientific history, perhaps because the talented young scientist himself was not prepared for the journey his discoveries would set before ...
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Overview

Through his development of quantitative experimental methods, the chemist Antoine Lavoisier (1743-1794) implemented a principle that many regard as the cornerstone of modern science: in every operation there is an equal quantity of material before and after the operation. The origin of Lavoisier's methods, however, has remained a missing piece in this remarkable episode of scientific history, perhaps because the talented young scientist himself was not prepared for the journey his discoveries would set before him. In this book, Frederic Lawrence Holmes suggests that Lavoisier gradually came to understand the nature and power of his quantitative method during the year 1773, when he began to carry out a research program on the fixation and release of airs. Drawing upon Lavoisier's surviving laboratory notebooks, Holmes presents an engaging portrait of a scientist whose innovative experiments would make him the leader of one of the great upheavals in the history of science.
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"In this short, lively, and illuminating interpretation of Antoine Lavoisier's experimental work in 1773, Frederic Lawrence Holmes engages specific issues in Lavoisier studies as well as broader issues on writing the history of science."—American Historical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691605920
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/14/2014
  • Series: Princeton Legacy Library Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
Ch. 1 The Sources of Lavoisier's Quantitative Method in Chemistry 7
Ch. 2 Consequences of the Crucial Year 12
Ch. 3 Vision and Reality 18
Ch. 4 The Public Arena 30
Ch. 5 Reflections 41
Ch. 6 In the Shadow of Black 47
Ch. 7 Caution and Consolidation 60
Ch. 8 The Long Summer Campaign 82
Ch. 9 The End of the Beginning 104
Ch. 10 Mopping-Up Operations 125
Ch. 11 Conclusion 140
Ch. 12 Before and After 1773: Lavoisier Studies 145
Appendix Names, Substances, and Apparatus in Eighteenth-Century Chemistry 153
Notes 157
Index 181
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