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The Invention of AirA biography of Joseph Priestly who in the 18th century was one of the scientists to identify and isolate of oxygen and study its properties, although he didn't understand his discovery as well as, say, Lavoisier did. Still, he was good friends with Benjamin Franklin (kite in a thunder storm etc) and when he emigrated to US he contributed to the new scientific way of thinking.
by Steven Johnson
Score: 6.5
Published: 2008
Read: February 5th 2016

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John said

Hmm, not as interesting as I'd hoped it might be. Bit dry, bit dull.

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