Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier/Bibliography

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A list of key readings about Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier.
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  • Jackson J. (2007) A World on Fire: A Heretic, an Aristocrat, and the Race to Discover Oxygen. Penguin. First published 2005. | Google Books preview.
    • Interlaced full biographies of 18th century founders/pioneers of modern chemistry, Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) and Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier (1743-1794), the discovery of oxygen and its role in the chemistry of life and technology, the worlds of England and France during and after the Enlightenment, American and French Revolutions, the science, politics, theology, and dramatis personae that embedded the two protagonists.
  • Cohen IB. (1985) Revolution in Science. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0674767789. | Google Books preview.
  • McKie D. (1952) Antoine Lavoisier: Scientist, Economist, Social Reformer. New York: H. Schuman. London: Constable & Co., Ltd. (Simultaneous publications) 440 p. | Reprinted 1962, New York: Collier Books. | Reprinted 1980, New York: Da Capo Press. ISBN 0306804085.
  • French SJ. (1941) Torch & Crucible: The Life and Death of Antoine Lavoisier. Princeton: Princeton university press. | Full-text.
    • From the Preface: "Lavoisier has been charged with getting his ideas for the great revolution in science from Black, Priestley, Cavendish and others. That he used the discoveries of these men cannot be denied. That he got the germ of hi great theory from them can now be denied with real assurance, and is denied by the painstaking investigations of A. N. Meldrum, published in 1930. These findings should destroy the last shred of suspicion that Lavoisier's dream of a revolution in science originated anywhere but in his own head."
  • McKie D, F.G.Donnan (Introduction). (1935) Antoine Lavoisier: The Father of Modern Chemistry. London: Victor Gollancz ltd.