A World on Fire: A Heretic, an Aristocrat, and the Race to Discover Oxygen

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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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A gripping account of a key turning point in the history of science set against the upheavals of a revolutionary age. In the final decades of the 1700s two brilliant scientists simultaneously achieved a breakthrough that would alter the course of human history and thought. Acclaimed author Joe Jackson brings to life the seismic intellectual and political shifts that occurred in modern science and the tragedies of their downfalls. Jackson transforms their astonishing story into a spellbinding work of narrative non-fiction.

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