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Lavoisier in the Year One: The Birth of a New Science in an Age of Revolution

by Madison Smartt Bell (2005): In this history, Bell, a prolific novelist, recounts the fierce competition between Antoine Lavoisier and his rival, Joseph Priestly, to uncover the chemical processes involved in combustion. Bell not only makes these characters come alive, he also makes the competition and the consequent triumph of modern science over the vestiges of medieval alchemy as exciting as any novel.