Book ID: CBB383061826

Revolutionary Science: Transformation and Turmoil in the Age of the Guillotine (2018)


Jones, Steve (Author)

Pegasus Books

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 384 pages
Language: English

The surprising and sometimes shocking history of the scientific innovations in Paris during the French Revolution, by the author of Darwin’s Ghost. Paris at the time of the French Revolution was the world capital of science. Its scholars laid the foundations of today's physics, chemistry and biology. They were true revolutionaries: agents of an upheaval both of understanding and of politics. The city was saturated in scientists; many had an astonishing breadth of talents. The Minister of Finance just before the upheaval did research on crystals and the spread of animal disease. After it, Paris's first mayor was an astronomer, the general who fought off invaders was a mathematician while Marat, a major figure in the Terror, saw himself as a leading physicist. Paris in the century around 1789 saw the first lightning conductor, the first flight, the first estimate of the speed of light and the invention of the tin can and the stethoscope. The theory of evolution came into being. Perhaps the greatest Revolutionary scientist of all, Antoine Lavoisier, founded modern chemistry and physiology, transformed French farming, and much improved gunpowder manufacture. His political activities brought him a fortune, but in the end led to his execution. The judge who sentenced him―and many other researchers― to death claimed that "the Revolution has no need for geniuses." In this enthralling and dazzling book, acclaimed science writer Steve Jones shows how wrong this was and takes a new look at Paris, its history, and its science, to give the reader dazzling new insight into the City of Light. 8 pages of B&W illustrations

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Authors & Contributors
Silvano, Giovanni
Forrest, Alan
Crook, Malcolm
Doyle, William
Mason, Haydn
McMillan, James
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
HOST: Journal of History of Science and Technology
Eighteenth-Century Studies
Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
Historical Journal
French History
Franco Angeli
Cambridge University Press
Cornell University
Publications scientifiques du Muséum national d'histoire naturelle
French Revolution of 1789
Science and politics
Science and society
Public health
Peiresc, Nicolas Claude Fabri de
Locke, John
Kant, Immanuel
Burke, Edmund
Forster, Georg
Banks, Joseph
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
20th century
17th century
Great Britain
Paris (France)
Académie Royale des Sciences (France)

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