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Lavoisier and the chemistry of life : an exploration of scientific creativity

Author: Frederic Lawrence Holmes
Publisher: Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, [1985] ©1985
Series: Wisconsin publications in the history of science and medicine, no. 4.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Drawing on Lavoisier's daily laboratory records, unpublished notes, and successive drafts of articles, Holmes explores the interaction between this creative scientist's theories and practice, the experimental problems he encountered and his response to them, the apparently intuitive understanding that guided his choice of experiments, and the gradual refinement of his hypotheses. This thorough and comprehensive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Holmes, Frederic Lawrence.
Lavoisier and the chemistry of life.
Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, 1985
(OCoLC)593701988
Named Person: Antoine Laurent Lavoisier; Antoine Laurent Lavoisier; Antoine Laurent Lavoisier; Antoine Laurent Lavoisier
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frederic Lawrence Holmes
ISBN: 0299099806 9780299099800 0299099849 9780299099848
OCLC Number: 11211610
Description: xxiv, 565 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The grand system: 1773-1780 --
An ambitious agenda --
Lavoisier in midstream --
The emergence of a theory of respiration --
Respiration and a general theory of combustion --
Collaboration and a move toward plant chemistry --
2. Heat, water, and respiration: 1781-1785 --
The importance of melting ice --
Water divided --
Fixing the composition of fixed air --
Water and respiration --
3. Lavoisier in the plant kingdom: 1785-1789 --
The composition of inflammable plant substances --
Nature's operations --
Language, organic composition, and fermentation --
The trouble with sugar --
Plant and animal chemistry in the new chemical system --
4. The animal economy: 1790-1792 --
Responses to Lavoisier's theory of respiration --
Lavoisier's return to respiration --
Dissonant echoes --
Reflections on the creativity of one scientist.
Series Title: Wisconsin publications in the history of science and medicine, no. 4.
Responsibility: Frederic Lawrence Holmes.

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Drawing on Lavoisier's daily laboratory records, unpublished notes, and successive drafts of articles, Holmes explores the interaction between this creative scientist's theories and practice, the experimental problems he encountered and his response to them, the apparently intuitive understanding that guided his choice of experiments, and the gradual refinement of his hypotheses. This thorough and comprehensive exposition of Lavoisier's scientific style forms the basis for general reflections on the nature of creative scientific imagination that will interest historians of science and biology, philosophers of science, cognitive psychologists, and all who are intrigued by the drama of pioneering scientific discovery.

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