Revolutionary Science: Transformation And Turmoil In The Age Of The Gullotine
by Steve Jones
- General Science, General History, Global History
The reign of science
Paris at the time of the French Revolution was the world capital of science-a city of scholars who laid the foundations of today's physics, chemistry, and biology. Steve Jones reveals these revolutionaries as agents of an upheaval of both understanding and of politics.
From the first lightning conductor to a new conception of human metabolism, Paris was replete with scientific achievement. But many who fused revolutionary politics and intellectual advancement paid a heavy price. The judge who delivered the death sentence to trailblazing chemist Antoine Lavoisier claimed that "the Revolution has no need for geniuses."
Ultimately, Jones shows how even the era's political perils could not overshadow its legacy of scientific progress.
"An ingenious guidebook to the scientific past of Paris, written in lucid, erudite prose."-The New Statesman
"Every section provides a richly informative guide to the history of a different scientific subject."-The Daily Mail
"Jones is a genius who can spin seamless moralities and lugubrious commentaries on human vanity, greed and ugliness while informing us about life on our planet in the clearest terms."-Independent
"With typical wit and easy storytelling, biologist Steve Jones tells the stories of the guillotined and of those who escaped with their necks intact....Jones now makes his mark as a popular science historian."-New Scientist
About the Author
Steve Jones is professor of genetics at University College London. He is the author of The Darwin Archipelago; Y: The Descent of Man; Darwin's Ghost; Almost Like a Whale: The Origin of Species; and The Serpent's Promise. He is the winner of the Royal Society Faraday Medal for the Public Understanding of Science.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||January 10, 2017|