(EBOOK/EPUB) The Invention of Air


  • Hardcover
  • 254
  • The Invention of Air
  • Steven Johnson
  • English
  • 14 January 2020
  • 9781594488528

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  1. says: REVIEW The Invention of Air Steven Johnson ✓ 1 READ (EBOOK/EPUB) The Invention of Air

    (EBOOK/EPUB) The Invention of Air I would have liked this to have been a much better book There were parts of it where it showed promise – but those parts w

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    (EBOOK/EPUB) The Invention of Air REVIEW The Invention of Air Steven Johnson author of the excellent The Ghost Map here takes on the life of Joseph Priestley The best parts of this book are where he confines himself to the task at hand and gives us details of that life Priestley was a fascinating character a brilliant chemist and one of the most influential scientists of his age He w

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    DOWNLOAD Ñ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK ✓ Steven Johnson Steven Johnson ✓ 1 READ (EBOOK/EPUB) The Invention of Air This short book is partly a biography of Joseph Priestley a prolific and divisive 18th century figure who made influential discoveries in science including discovering that plants replace carbon dioxide with oxygen though he

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    (EBOOK/EPUB) The Invention of Air Johnson is an interesting author On the surface he's straight up science history but he often takes extended detours into the philosophy of science and politics Some people might find this unexpected but I really like it because the uestions that he grapples with are ones that I've also thought long and hard about and his approach to thinking about these issues are so closely aligned with my ownThe book explores some ve

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    (EBOOK/EPUB) The Invention of Air Johnson has good ideas but I don't find him the most fluid author He's got a great subject in Joseph Priestly who helped determine the existence of oxygen and the fact that plants create an atmosphere that can sustain a flame or the life of

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    (EBOOK/EPUB) The Invention of Air Steven Johnson ✓ 1 READ DOWNLOAD Ñ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK ✓ Steven Johnson Joseph Priestly did not 'invent' air Rather he was instrumental in discovering it Let alone Joseph's influence on America as a newly born country's political scientific and faith culture Regardless I find this book very well written and a pe

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    REVIEW The Invention of Air (EBOOK/EPUB) The Invention of Air DOWNLOAD Ñ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK ✓ Steven Johnson Shit is this a book ABOUT PHLOGISTON? I became OBSESSED with that stuff at SJC I must have this soonest immediately

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    REVIEW The Invention of Air (EBOOK/EPUB) The Invention of Air DOWNLOAD Ñ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK ✓ Steven Johnson A lovely review of the life of a relatively obscure scientistphilosopher and the times when science politics and religion were much intercommunicative spheres than they are now IOW this guy invented soda water founded Unitarianism and corresponded with Franklin Adams and Jefferson Plus interesting digressions i

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    (EBOOK/EPUB) The Invention of Air DOWNLOAD Ñ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK ✓ Steven Johnson This book is ostensibly a biography of Joseph Priestley one of the central figures in the eighteenth century movement known as the Enlightenment which included fundamental changes in science politics and religion And Priestly was involved in all aspects of those changes It is a fascinating well written book a s

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    Steven Johnson ✓ 1 READ (EBOOK/EPUB) The Invention of Air The classic case study for the concept of a paradigm shift is the Compernican revolution in astronomy but in actual fact the first extended story that Kuhn tells in 'The Structure of Scientific Revoutions' is the paradigm s

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The Invention of Air

READ É The Invention of Air Tes in American history And as Johnson brilliant charts Priestley exerted profound if little known influence on the shape and course of this great experiment in nation buildingAs in his most recent bestselling work The Ghost Map Steven Johnson here uses a dramatic historical story to explore themes that have long engaged him innovation and the way new ideas emerge and spread and the environments that foster these breakthroughs As he did in Everything Bad is Good for You he upsets some fundamental assumptions about the world we live in namely what it means when we invoke the Founding Fathers and replaces them with a clear eyed elouent assessment of where we stand today. Shit is this a book ABOUT PHLOGISTON I became OBSESSED with that stuff at SJC I must have this soonest immediately Those Good Gertrudes known influence on the shape and course of this great experiment in nation buildingAs in his most recent bestselling work The Ghost Map Steven Johnson here uses a dramatic historical story to explore themes that have long engaged him innovation and the way new ideas emerge and spread and the environments that foster these breakthroughs As he did in Everything Bad is Good for You he upsets some fundamental assumptions about the world we live in namely what it means when we invoke the Founding Fathers and replaces them with a clear eyed elouent assessment of where we stand today. Shit is this a book ABOUT PHLOGISTON I became OBSESSED with that stuff at SJC I must have this soonest immediately

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READ É The Invention of Air The Invention of Air is a story of sweeping historical transformation of genius and friendship violence and world changing ideas that boldly recasts our understanding of the most significant events in our historyIt centers on the story of Joseph Priestley scientist and minister protégé of Benjamin Franklin friend of Thomas Jefferson an eighteenth century radical thinker who played key roles in the invention of ecosystem science the discovery of oxygen the founding of the Unitarian church and the intellectual development of the United States Priestley represented a uniue synthesis by the 1780s he had established himself as one of the world's most celebrated scientist. I would have liked this to have been a much better book There were parts of it where it showed promise but those parts were swamped in what was mostly junk polymathism That is a new phrase I ve made up I think it might even prove handy I am going to use it as a way to describe someone who has decided to refer to multiple disciplines but not really use them in a way that shines new light on either the topic at hand or on the discipline referred to Worst of all was the fact that when he referred to some subjects Kuhn and Hegel in particular his knowledge of the topics was so superficial that it was hard not to wonder why he bothered explaining them when he might have seemed intelligent if he had just kept to the topic at hand I mean why bother to give a description of Hegelian Dialectics if all you are going to say is thesis antithesis synthesis There were bits of this book that I uite liked despite them being hidden under a mountain of junk And those were the bits where he discusses how Priestley came to find out if not actually discover oxygen This book really could have done with a good editor I think that unless you are a particularly good story teller and this guy just isn t I think the best policy is to tell the story in chronological order In fact this is good advice even if you are a great writer Life has a way of ordering things seuentially that makes sense If you are going to mess around with that it is probably best that you have a very good reason Not that he played around with time too much but I would bet this guy can t tell a good joke I would bet he gives the punchline away before he is half way throughThe point is that there were bits of this I really liked Here is a guy who leaves England because he is too radical to remain there and is welcomed to the newly formed United States as the friend of two early Presidents and also Benjamin Franklin This is an Age of Enlightenment hero the guy who discovered Oxygen no less and yet And yetBad writing really does get in the way of even the best of stories and I felt some of his asides to discuss paradigm shifts ecosystems and such stuff were so cursory as to take away from the book rather than add to it He discusses the great man of history idea and comes to something like the same conclusion as Gladwell in Outliers if not as extreme a version as Gladwell and extremely right I think But this is uninspired and uninspiring Yes I can see why it was put into the book one would need to explain why Priestley made uite so many momentous discoveries but what we are left with here is so bland and so opinionated that it adds nothing to the bookRight the good bitsThe best of this was the discussion of how he worked out how bad air became good air again I have often wondered how they worked out that plants had something to do with putting oxygen back into air It is a bit like how they worked out that plants feed on sun light you do have to wonder how anyone would think to test such an ideaPriestley was exactly the sort of guy who would come up with an experiment to test that sort of thing If you were to make up a story as a just so story called How Some Guy in a Powdered Wig Discovered the Secret of Breathing you might think he had already guessed that plants somehow made oxygen and so tried to think up experiments to prove just that That is not what happened If PETA had been around in the 18th century there is little doubt that they would have been picketing Priestley s house Just before he left England his house was burnt to the ground the standard version is that this was due to conservatives in England who objected to his rationalist republican views I wouldn t be surprised if one day a letter turns up proving it was an organisation called people for the ethical treatment of mice that did the deed But a man can only torture so many mice to death before his attention turns to killing other of God s creatures I ought to do this in order Priestly worked out that if you put a mouse in a glass container and put this container upside down in some water so that air could not get in the glass of the glass container made a wonderful means to let you watch the mouse slowly expire You may not think this is very entertaining but you do have to remember they didn t have television at the time Anyway he had lots of data on how long it took your average mouse to die when left in the chamber with very little air So he started killing off other creatures and measuring how long they would take to dieThen he had a brilliant idea Since there was no challenge in killing animals any now he wanted to see how long it would take to kill plants So he rushed out to the garden and got himself some mint He popped this into the machine and much to his disappointment the mint seemed to go on living even in the worst of air air already breathed up by an ex mouse After a week or so he decided to pop a mouse back into the glass and was surprised to find that it didn t die straight away as it ought to have given there should have been no oxygen left in there Somehow the plant had replaced all of the oxygen in the containerNot that it was called oxygen at the time of course Later when he was able to do experiments that produced oxygen he found that god s air the stuff that is all around us could actually be improved on something that must have challenged his religious sensibilities Not only could oxygen enriched air keep the mouse alive for longer but it made candles burn for longer too This was actually the source of his error about oxygen which he confused with the mythical fluid substance that allowed things to burn phlogiston He was nearly right but others around him were soLike I said this could and should have been a much better book and would have been if he was interested in telling the story of the life of Priestley rather than the author showing himself off as a bit of a polymath

REVIEW The Invention of Air

READ É The Invention of Air S most prominent religious figures and most outspoken political thinkers Yet he would also have become one of the most hated men in all of his native England When an angry mob burned down his house in Birmingham Priestley and his family set sail for PennsylvaniaIn the nascent United States Priestley hoped to find the freedom to bridge the disciplines that had governed his life to find a uiet lab and a receptive pulpit Once he arrived as a result of his close relationships with the Founding Fathers Jefferson credited Priestley as the man who prevented him from abandoning Christianity Priestley found himself at the center of what would go down as one of the seminal deba. Joseph Priestly did not invent air Rather he was instrumental in discovering it Let alone Joseph s influence on America as a newly born country s political scientific and faith culture Regardless I find this book very well written and a personal epiphony discovering my family is related to him Steve Johnson s writing style is easy to read entertaining and informing